Tesco Nailsea

what's in store for customers and staff

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SUPERMARKET SURPLUS: Tesco Nailsea is having a bit of a refurb. Surplus to requirements it offered local groups, schools or churches some tables and chairs from its staff room which otherwise would be going into a skip. There were several takers for the 10 tables and 23 chairs after Nailsea People put an appeal on its Facebook page. And the loo which appears in the greenery makes a funny photo taken by reader Robert Collins. The toilets were out of action and portacabins temporarily installed in store car park while new ones were being fitted but this outdoor version is a bit extreme!


Tesco Nailsea Bags of Help

Nailsea Disability Initiative is the next to benefit from the Tesco Bags of Help scheme running in May and June.

The NDI has been chosen for the blue token collection from customers to the Nailsea and Portishead stores.

While encouraging shoppers to bring their own bags to stop plastic waste the supermarket giant donates money raised by the sale of carrier bags to fund thousands of community charities and projects right across the UK. 

Already Ravenswood School and Greenslade Pre School both at Pound Lane and Nailsea School has had help from Tesco.

Tesco Nailsea manager Jon Weed is pictured top presenting cheques to the two latest schools to benefit.

Tesco community champion Hayley Watson, pictured kitted up to complete her charity skydive at the weekend for MDUK, said: "The £4,000 for Ravenswood School is being spent on their conservation area and Greenslade Pre-school will use the £2,000 it was awarded for for the new fencing."

The skydive stunt has raised £600.

Hayley said: "It was amazing.

"I was scared, shakey and white in the plane and I screamed as I jumped out.

"I was absolutely shattered afterwards when my adrenaline stopped pumping.

"I would like to thank everyone who sponsored me.

"It is for an amazing cause and I'm so happy to have raised the money and awareness of a much needed charity Muscular Dystrophy UK."

NDI is a registered charity, run entirely by volunteers from its drop-in unit at Crown Glass shopping centre where they provide free information and advice to anyone who needs it.

Tesco bag pack for MDUK


When a four-year-old Nailsea schoolboy was diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy last September family, friends and supporters of mum Lisa Cramphorn decided to do something positive and raise money for medical research.

In six short months they have raised a whopping £35,000 plus but still have a way to go to reach the ambitious £100,000 target they set themselves..

Duchenne MD is a rare muscle-wasting condition which decreases the life expectancy of sufferers - mostly boys.

Globally approximately 20,000 new cases are diagnosed each year.

At the beginning of February there was a Go Orange event with schools, pre-schools, childminders and businesses joining a fundraising and awareness day.

Nailsea School raised £700, Birdwell School at Long Ashton added £320.52, Nailsea childminder Jo Jones and Butterfly Travel also added monies to the fund.

Emmerdale soap star and London-based comedienne Louise Howells who went to school in Nailsea and is close friends with Lisa has rallied support and contributed more than £3,000 to the funds. 

Louise did a sponsored Sober October.

Spinathon, clothes swap, M&Co fashion show, people running, cycling, jumping out of a plane the list in seemingly endless of those who want to help.

Tesco Nailsea community champion and friend Hayley Watson hopes to raise hundreds of pounds with a sponsored sky dive although bad weather keeps postponing her jump.

You can help Hayley by clicking HERE.

A bag pack at Tesco Clevedon added £500 - let's make sure the Nailsea store beats this!

To contribute go to the Just Giving online page by clicking HERE.

Tesco bags of help

Nailsea School has bagged £3,887 from Tesco Bags of Help community grant scheme.

Bags of Help is run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork, and sees grants raised from the sale of carrier bags awarded to thousands of community projects every year.

Since launching in 2015, it’s provided more than £48 million to more than 13,000 projects.
This award will be invested in the Hub Star-Learners Programme at the Mizzymead campus.

Nailsea School Hub was launched in September 2017 and provides a safe, secure learning environment for students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

The Hub offers a reduced mainstream timetable and ensures that student’s social, emotional and sensory needs are met.

The funding from the Bags of Help scheme will provide resources to aid learning such as books, IT equipment including iPads, tablets and other specialist resources.
Head teacher Dee Elliott said: “We are thrilled by the interest and support the community has shown towards our Hub provision at Nailsea School, their support of the Bags of Help Scheme has been invaluable.

"We really look forward to watching the progress being made with the help of this specialist equipment.”

Tesco head of community Alec Brown said: "Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers.

"It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community.

"We can’t wait to see the projects come to life.”
Voting ran in stores throughout January and February with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using a token given to them at the checkout.
Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups each time they shop.

Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions are awarded funding.
Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online.

To find out more clIck HERE

Tesco Nailsea backs healthy snack options for children

Tesco Nailsea is making it easier for parents to make healthier snack choices for their children.

It is backing the first Public Health England Change4Life campaign to promote healthier snacking for children.

Building on the success of Tesco’s 2017 Little Helps To Healthier Living campaign the new initiative will help parents, shopping in-store and online, choose affordable healthier snacks that are 100 calories or less.

The campaign, which runs for the month of January, will appear in all Tesco stores and online at Tesco.com.

It includes in-store point of sale promotional materials of healthier kids’ snacks featuring Change4Life branding. The snacks – which include Pink Lady Apple Snack Packs, Goodness Strawberry Cereal bars and Tesco Pineapple Pieces in Juice 120g – will be available at everyday low prices.

Online, Tesco will use innovative technology in partnership with SpoonGuru to allow customers to quickly and simply find 130 healthier snacks containing 100 calories or less.

Support for the Change4Life healthier snacking campaign is part of Tesco’s integrated approach to help colleagues and customers at a time of the year when healthier eating is front of mind. Other key initiatives include:

  • Helpful ‘little swaps’ – at the front of all large stores a helpful basket comparison will highlight 10 ‘little swaps’ that are lower in sat fat, salt and sugar. Taken together the 10 little swaps will be 18 per cent lower in price than the less healthy alternative basket. Additionally, 60 healthier alternatives will be highlighted under a Helpful Little Swaps banner in-store and online.

  • Weekly Little Helps – each week in January Tesco will offer lower prices on fresh fruit and vegetables in store and online, including apples, avocados and salad tomatoes.

  • Food Love Stories advertising – Tesco will promote the recipe for Nana’s Magic Soup, offering two of your five a day per portion, on TV and offer 25 per cent off all ingredients – alongside other Food Love Stories spanning all meal occasions, offering inspiration on healthier cooking.

  • Free Fruit for Kids – increased communication of Tesco’s pioneering Free Fruit for Kids scheme in stores which has seen kids enjoy more than 32 million pieces of fruit since launch in 2017. 

Further action Tesco has taken on health to help customers make healthier food choices every time they shop includes:

  • In 2014 Tesco announced it would remove sweets and chocolates from its checkouts across all store formats, including smaller convenience stores.

  • In 2015 Tesco announced that all the children’s lunchbox-sized soft drinks it sells would have no added sugar in them.

  • In 2016, Tesco introduced Free Fruit for Kids in more than 800 Tesco stores across the UK. This is aimed at promoting healthy eating habits among kids that will stay with them as they grow up, and to make it easier for children to get the fruit they need.

  • For three years, Tesco has worked in partnership with Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation, raising £24m.

  • Tesco has also partnered with Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life since 2002 raising in excess of £40m.

  • Tesco has also increased the number of healthier options at Tesco cafés, making it easier for customers to have an affordable, healthier meal while shopping in store.

  • In May 2017, Tesco delivered integrated colleague and customer health events in all UK stores, with little helps to make it easy for consumers to choose healthier food, many of which have become permanent:

    • Permanent price reduction on 200 plus healthier lines, including fresh fruit and vegetables.

    • Free Fruit for Kids offer always available in larger stores.

    • Increasing the number of promotions and the promotional space for healthier lines.

    • Making the healthier version of brands cheaper than less healthy option.

    • Front of store basket comparisons showing customers that swapping to healthier choices is cheaper as well as healthier.

    • Tesco’s food brand campaign, Food Love Stories featuring healthy, affordable recipes with prominence of ingredients in store.

    • In store fundraising for charities raising over £1m.

  • The event marked the biggest change seen in the healthiness of customers’ baskets in response to a campaign – Tesco saw customers choose more items lower in calories, fat, salt and sugar as a result.

NAILSEA COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS LUNCH: More than 70 people who would otherwise be on their own sat down to a three-course meal at the Trinity Centre to share food and festive fund thanks to a team of volunteers headed by Lynda Dicks. This was the second annual event supported by local churches and Tesco Nailsea.

NAILSEA SCHOOL: Tesco Nailsea has excelled its slogan of every little help by doing lots to help young people. Nailsea School Hub-Stars learners programme is one of the Bags of Help south west charities for January and February.

Customers can support this educational initiative by putting their blue tokens in the in-store boxes at Nailsea and Portishead branches.

Giving at Christmas with Tesco turkeys


Tesco kicks off its 'Everyone’s Welcome' Christmas campaign and pledges to donate £1 for every fresh turkey sold to help people in need.

Tesco has launched its 2017 Christmas campaign with the first of five television adverts airing on ITV this week.

This year, the retailer will be celebrating the different ways millions of UK shoppers enjoy Christmas, and how great food sits at the heart of it all. It will also provide lots of little helps for customers during the fun and frantic festive period.

The campaign, which kicked off last night, features Tesco’s fantastic range of turkey.

Tesco is also proud to be offering their finest* Narragansett turkey which won the award for top Christmas turkey in the BBC Good Food awards.

Tesco will donate £1 for every fresh turkey bought instore or online, shared between its food charity partners FareShare and The Trussell Trust to help people in need over the festive period.

The initiative builds on the continued support offered by the retailer to local communities through its annual Food Collection, and its food surplus redistribution scheme, Community Food Connection.

Last year, Tesco became the first retailer to pledge that no food that is safe for human consumption will go to waste from its UK operations, and since 2012, Tesco customers and colleagues have donated the equivalent of over 60 million meals to people in need.

Tesco chief customer officer Alessandra Bellini said:

“This year, our campaign will celebrate the many ways we come together at Christmas, and how food sits at the heart of it all.

"We want our customers to know that however they choose to do Christmas, and no matter what they need, we can help - Everyone’s Welcome at Tesco.

As part of our campaign this year, we're delighted to work with our long-term

charity partners FareShare and The Trussell Trust to donate £1 for every fresh turkey purchased to help feed people in need this Christmas – it’s another little help for our local communities at an important time of year.”

FareShare chief executive Lindsay Boswell said:

“Christmas is the one time of year that brings everyone together however, FareShare is seeing an increased demand to support charities who help people experiencing food poverty or who are alone at this time of year.

"This generous initiative from Tesco is perfect timing - it means we can help 6,700 charities across the country to continue providing food and life-changing services to those in need this Christmas."

The Trussell Trust operations manager Samantha Stapley said: “We’re seeing soaring demand at foodbanks across the UK and right now thousands of people will be worrying about whether they can afford any food for the family this Christmas.

"This generous donation from Tesco will help us to support our foodbank network and tackle hunger in communities across the country, so we can hope in the future to see fewer people needing foodbanks - not only at Christmas, but all year round.”

Tesco remembers

Everyone at Tesco Nailsea knows the story behind how the business began – and as a former soldier it’s particularly close to my heart.


After serving in the Royal Flying Corps in the First World War, Jack Cohen, pictured, like many of those returning after doing their duty, was faced with the decision of what to do next.

Taking his £30 demob money, he bought some groceries, hired a wheelbarrow and headed for a local market.

Tesco was born.

What is less well known is that almost 100 years ago, on New Year’s Eve 1917 Jack was on board Royal Navy ship SS Osmanieh, when she struck a mine and sank near Alexandria in Egypt.

It was only the actions of a heroic Navy nurse that saved him from drowning and it’s important that Tesco, like many others, remember brave acts like these in the run up to Remembrance Sunday.

Put simply, if the nurse hadn’t saved Jack Cohen that day, none of us would be working at Tesco today.

Supporting the poppy appeal

Growing up, I used to associate the Poppy Appeal with those who served in the First and Second World Wars.

Unfortunately now it is also about my own generation, and about remembering some of the friends and colleagues I served with during my six years in the Army who didn't return from operational tours.

My experience and Jack Cohen’s story make me even prouder of the work that Tesco does to support the armed forces.

We are again proudly supporting the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal this year with poppies and collection points in all of our stores, distribution centres and offices across the UK.

Tesco was the first supermarket to sign the government’s Armed Forces Covenant and as a result set up our Armed Forces Network, which brings colleagues like me with military connections closer together.

In addition, we continue to support organisations such as Help for Heroes and X-Forces who help ex-servicemen and women adapt to life after the military.

As we remember our brave servicemen and women in the lead up to Remembrance Day it’s right that we do continue to offer help and support where we can, and we’ll keep building on those efforts in the coming years.

Duncan Hoy, MD large format stores

Ravenswood School bags £4K Tesco windfall

A Nailsea school is delighted to learn it has bagged £4k from a Tesco funding scheme.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags Of Help funding initiative, which sees grants raised from carrier bag sales being awarded to thousands of community projects every year.

Millions of shoppers voted in stores up and down the country.

And it can now be revealed Ravenswood School has been awarded £4,000 for an environmental playground scheme.

Head teacher Philippa Clark said: "Work can now begin on bringing the project to life.

"We will be developing our conservation area, to improve children’s learning about bugs, birds, pond and plant life. 

“We are overwhelmed by the support of our community and thank all Tesco customers for posting their blue tokens for us. 

"We know our children will love their new outdoors learning space”. 

Tesco head of community Alec Brown said: “Bags of Help has been a fantastic success.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the response from our customers.

"The great thing about Bags Of Help is that local people are invited to decide how the money will be spent in their community.

"We can’t wait to see the projects come to life.”

Voting ran in stores throughout July and August with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using a token given to them at the check-out.

Since launching in 2015, Bags of Help has awarded more than £36 million across more than 7,900 local projects.

Tesco customers will get the chance to vote for three different groups each time they shop.

Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Bags Of Help criteria have recently been extended to include any project that benefits the community. Previously the scheme funded outdoor projects only.

Groundwork national chief executive Graham Duxbury, said:  “Bags of Help continues to fund thousands of projects across the UK. 

"We want to ensure that the money raised benefits as many local people in as many different places as possible so we’ve extended the range of groups and projects that we can support. 

 “The scale and variety of activities supported by Bags Of Helps shows what can be achieved when communities are given the support and the encouragement they need to make change happen in their local area.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities.

Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online.

To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.

Charity brew is full of beans

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​One of the biggest and best charity coffee mornings was hosted by Tesco Nailsea at the Trinity Centre.

But lots of other Nailsea (and Backwell) people put the kettle on to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

From the doctors to the church, from people in private homes to the pub down the road coffee and cake was served.

Nailsea town councillor Ann Tonkin threw open house, the Sawyers public house swapped its usual brew for something with more beans while Tyntesfield Patient Group dispensed morning coffee in the Woodspring Room at Tower House Medical Centre.

The kettle had already boiled early at Nailsea County Market which hosted a coffee morning with cake for Macmillan Cancer Support two weeks ago.

The chink of coffee cups was also heard at Southfield Church at 85 Southfield Road and Backwell Baptist Church with invites going out saying 'come along to enjoy tea, coffee, cakes and biscuits, and to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support'.

The first ever coffee morning happened way back in 1990.

It was a rather small affair with a simple idea: guests would gather over coffee and donate the cost of their cuppa to Macmillan in the process.

It was so effective, the charity did it again the next year – only this time nationally.

Since then, coffee mornings have raised more than £138 million for Macmillan.

If you missed the morning and would like to donate call on 0330 102 7890 to pay in using your credit or debit card.

For more information click HERE.

GO JON: Despite wind, rain and some sunshine Tesco Nailsea manager Jon Weed and former Tesco Nailsea manager Sarah Briggs teamed up to complete the waterlogged route and were both awarded a gold medal. And proving the move from Nailsea to Weston-super-Mare didn't dent her sense of humour Sarah posted the selfie right in what looks like a sweetcorn crop on Twitter. Don't forget to follow the Just Giving link to support Jon's charity fundraising by clicking HERE.  
NO PAIN NO GAIN: Tesco Nailsea manager Jon Weed begins the afternoon all smiles but as his charity leg wax progresses the grin turns to grimaces as this set of photos in chronological order records. It is then that the faces of the onlookers turn to ‘ohs’ and ‘ahs’ with some mouthing 'I feel your pain' but of course they couldn't. However, after doing the front of his legs the beastly (only joking) beautician orders him to roll over and she did the back. Some wags in the audience laughed and said he was lucky it wasn't a bikini wax and talking about audience is that a younger Patsy from Absolutely Fabulous watching? Don't forget to follow the Just Giving link to support Jon's charity fundraising by clicking HERE

Tesco Nailsea manager Jon Weed is going out on a limb to raise money for charity.

First he will be walking 54km from Tesco Taunton to Tesco Wells on Saturday, September 8, as part of the West Country ‘leg’ of the Land’s End to John O’Groats staff relay to raise funds and awareness for Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation.

And on Friday, September 22, the 46-year-old father of two will endure a leg wax in the store foyer with staff and customers invited to watch the hair-raising stunt and contribute with sponsorship cash.

Jon is a glutton for punishment as back in 2013 when Tesco manager at Weston-super-Mare his hairy legs suffered the same fate at the hands of two Worle hairdressers.

Thirdly, to top this punishing regime Jon has signed up for the Tesco National Charity Partnership Survival challenge in October.

This is a gruelling group away weekend completing survival challenges in the Peak District.

Jon is determined to tackle all these tests of endurance with fortitude.

He said: “The weather on Saturday doesn't look good so I'm prepared to get very wet and maybe have a few blisters.

“I enjoy running when I get time although I haven't walked 26 miles in a long time and never had my legs waxed!

“However as with most people I have lost some very dear friends to cancer so any fundraising I can do to support that charity I will.”

To support Jon go to his Just Giving page by clicking HERE.

Tesco has raised more than £21 million for is national charities since 2015 and The Great Tesco Walk is part of its commitment to promote healthier lifestyles.

Tesco Walk, a month-long trek between Land’s End and John O’Groats will raise funds for Tesco’s National Charity Partnership with Diabetes UK and the BHF.

Tesco Group CEO Dave Lewis said: “It’s incredibly important we do all we can to help our colleagues and customers live healthier lives.

“Our partnership with Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation has played a significant part in our efforts, helping to inspire more than 17 million people to get more active and eat better.”

BAGGING HELP: Three worthy causes stand to benefit from Tesco Nailsea shoppers donating tokens from the Bags of Help community grant scheme. This involves money raised by the sale of carrier bags being used to fund thousands of local projects in communities right across the UK.  Projects that bring benefit to their community will get the green light – these range from improving community buildings and outdoor spaces to buying new equipment, training coaches or volunteers and hosting community events.This month it is Greenslade Preschool, Age Uk Somerset and Nailsea Summer Playscheme which have been chosen

AIR CADETS; Look who parked at Tesco Nailsea for a day of fundraising. While their manned flight simulator was in the car park talking to young people considering a future career in the armed foces youngsters from Air Cadets - 2467 (Nailsea) Squadron went inside for a spot of supermarket bag packing. The group HQ is a purpose built drill hall with parade square at Greenfield Crescent playing fields. 

ALL STARS: The UK’s first ever range of fresh vegetables aimed at encouraging children to eat healthier food is being launched by Tesco. First off the shelves in the range is these easy-to-eat, star-shaped butternut squash bites. Butternut squash is fat free, salt free and low in calories and a good source of good source of vitamin A which is beneficial to the immune system and keeps skin, teeth and gums healthy and strong. It is also a source of vitamin C which among other benefits contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue. Other fresh produce including smiley sweet potato faces. Tesco has taken learnings from how children relate to foods with interesting shapes and sizes and hopes it will help make mealtimes more engaging and fun and encourage them to explore a wider range of vegetables. The Butternut Squash Stars costs £1.50 per 250g pack.

FAMILIAR FACES: Long service 'with a smile' thank you cards were handed out at Tesco Nailsea this week to 32 staff who have worked for the High Street store since it opened 15 years ago. Manager Jon Weed was so proud of their commitment he even cc'd Tesco director Lewis Little in a tweet to tell him! Tesco Nailsea opened in 2002 and employs more than 200 local people

Fundraising at Tesco

Nailsea Disability Initiative based at 10 Crown Glass Place set up an August fundraising stall at Tesco supermarket.

Manned by a team of volunteers including Sean Kelly, pictured right on duty at the store, they raised nearly £400.

NDI is in the forefront of keeping local people aware of current issues and regulations about benefits and grants.

It campaigns for better access to public buildings, shops, offices, leisure centres, public transport and the byways and highways.

Sean said: "We hold community fundraising events as we are always searching for new sources of revenue to allow us to continue and expand our work.

"We would like to express our gratitude for being invited to do a collection at the Tesco Nailsea as part of its supporting local communities programme.

"A massive thank you to the Nailsea stores community champion Hayley Watson for organising our week and setting it up.

"During  the week we raised a fantastic £396.20 thanks to customers generosity which will go towards the ongoing costs of running the disability information and advice centre.

"As well as allowing us to collect with our buckets and hand out leaflets at the store to fundraise, Hayley also arranged for Brian from Tesco maintenance department to pop down to our drop-in centre and carried out some much-needed electrical lighting maintenance - brilliant.

"Most importantly a big thank you to all the generous customers who stopped and made donations, thanked us for help we’d given them or a loved one in the past.

"All the volunteers were particularly touched by the many children who without prompting dug into their precious pocket money purses and wallets and made donations.

"I would like to also thank all the volunteers and trustees who gave their time last week to shake the buckets during our time at the store."

Tesco ends 5p plastic bags with new recycled bags for life 10p

Tesco has today announced that from Monday, August 28 single use carrier bags will be replaced by a new ‘bag for life’ made from 94 per cent recycled plastic.

The new bag will be priced at 10p and sales of the bag will fund community projects across Britain.

The announcement follows a successful 10-week trial in Aberdeen, Dundee and Norwich, where Tesco found that customers bought significantly fewer bags.

Sales of bags in trial stores have since reduced by 25 per cent and customers found that the 'bag for life', which is replaceable for free if damaged, helped them move to re-useable bags.

Tesco has given out 1.5 billion fewer single use bags since the introduction of the carrier bag charge in England in 2015, but still sells more than 700 million of these each year.

Removing single use carrier bags will significantly reduce the number of bags sold and will therefore help reduce litter and bags sent to landfill.

Online customers will still be able to opt for single use carrier bags for their shopping or select a bagless delivery, which 57 per cent of Tesco’s online customers are now doing.

Tesco also revealed that it will be removing single-use wine carriers and lowering the price of its ‘carry me bottle bag’ from £1 to 40p.

The new bag for life will continue to fund Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme, which is delivered with Groundwork, and sees local community projects across Great Britain awarded grants, with Tesco customers voting for their favourite local project by picking up a blue token at the checkout each time they shop.

Since launching in 2015, Bags of Help has provided more than £33 million to more than 6,400 local community projects.

The scheme has until now been funded through the levy placed on single-use bags.

Tesco UK and ROI CEO Matt Davies said: "The number of bags being bought by our customers has already reduced dramatically.

"This move will help our customers use even fewer bags but ensure that those sold in our stores continue to fund thousands of community projects across the country chosen by customers.

"It’s the right thing to do for the environment and for local communities.”

Since launching in 2015, Bags of Help has provided more than £33 million to more than 6,400 local community projects.

Tescon Nailsea want more projects and groups to apply for the grant.

Customers can nominate projects near them to receive a grant by completing an online form.

They could receive a grant worth £5,000, £2,000 or £1,000.

For more information please visit: www.groundwork.org.uk/tesco.

NEW MANAGER: Tesco Nailsea store manager Jon Weed is giving Sandra on the hot deli a thank you 'star' card for having the most welcoming customer smile.

Jon took over from Sarah Weston who moved to the Weston-super-Mare store earlier this year.

Bristol born and bred Jon from Hengrove has work for the supermarket chain for 30 years and has been a manager for more a decade.

Coming soon to Tesco supermarket at Nailsea

Tesco is introducing a contactless Clubcard.

The supermarket is rolling out improvements to its loyalty scheme making it even simpler and easier for customers and colleagues to use.

The changes include the launch of a new, contactless Clubcard, which enables customers to simply tap at the checkout to add their points.

The retailer has also made significant improvements to the Tesco Clubcard app.

New customers can now use it to sign up to Clubcard straight away, while they shop in store.

And existing customers can access their vouchers at the checkout, at the touch of a button.

Chief customer officer Alessandra Bellini said: “Tesco Clubcard is one of the most uniquely helpful things we do and it’s our way of saying thank you to our customers for shopping with us.

“We’ve listened to customers and we’re delighted to have made Clubcard even simpler and easier to use, introducing a brand new contactless card, an upgraded Clubcard app, and added to our list of partners too.

“Clubcard is the most rewarding loyalty scheme in the sector and we’re looking forward to seeing how customers respond to the improvements.”

As part of the changes, Tesco plans to add to the 400 strong range of Clubcard Reward Partners currently available to customers.

Customers can benefit from up to four times the value of their vouchers with Tesco Clubcard Reward Partners, offering them even greater value for money.

Customers can now increase the value of their vouchers from as little as 50p making Reward Partners even more accessible too.

Hotels.com and Uber are the latest partners to join the scheme which already includes days out, weekend breaks, holidays and more.

The retailer will also have 2,500 dedicated Clubcard Champions on hand across the country to help customers with any questions they might have about the changes.

TESCO NAILSEA: Busy weekend for Tesco workers. First the Nailsea community crew set up a charity fundraising stall at the carnival fair serving fresh fruit kebabs for donations and then on Sunday a posse of runners entered the Race For Life on Durdham Downs, Bristol which was part of Cancer Research UK’s series of women-only events raising money for research into all 200 types of cancer, well done everyone. For more carnival photos click HERE to go to Gallery 2017

DELIVERY DAY: Tesco community champion Hayley Watson delivers plants to Backwell Junior School for its summer fair and groceries to CHSW for its raffle - happy to help local fundraising for good causes

GROUND FORCE: Tesco team spent lovely day volunteering at Ravenswood School clearing, cutting, chopping shrubs and trees to opening up some space.. The next Volunteering Day is on Monday, July 3, if anyone would like to come along and help

Tesco: The Opera!


One man, a piano and an unexpected item in the bagging area...


Nailsea writer, composer and teacher Steve Clarke has created a one-man show set in the busy world of the supermarket.

The performer has had previous success with Cluedo, an original musical based on the board game which enjoyed a five night sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival.

Tesco: The Opera is Steve's first one-man show. 

There's only one chance to see this new show before Steve heads for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August.

That  performance is at the Backwell Playhouse on Saturday, June 17 at 8pm with special guests Graeme Coulam and Luther Blisset..

The show explores supermarket shopping in a fun, frantic and family-friendly trolley dash to the conveyor belt set to music.

Along the way, you’ll meet the full range of shoppers and hear from several of the staff about the trials and tribulations of the retail world.

Items refuse to scan, the in-store cleaner simply can’t keep up with the demands of the job and a single bag of ready salted crisps has broken free from a multipack.

Check it out but no cashback.

Tickets £4 by emailing noteboxproductions@outlook.com  

Check out the website www.tescotheopera.com

Every little helps at Nailsea

Tesco Nailsea shoppers have until Friday, June 30, to help Childrens Hospice South West bid for up to £4,000 towards creating a sensory garden at Charlton Farm.  
Customers vote using the tokens given to them after paying for their shopping.
This is part of Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme. 

For more details click HERE.

Two local schools have already benefitted from this scheme.
The Woodland and Outdoor Learning at Kingshill Church School, Pound Lane, won £10,000 and the Voyage Learning Campus Primary School also at Pound Lane got £12,000 towards a sensory play area for the campus.
The next Monday open days at Charlton Farm are June 12, July 10, September 11, October 9, November 13 and December 11.

Call to book your tour 01275 866600.

Lost and found at Tesco Nailsea

It was going to be like looking for a needle in a haystack when Nailsea grandmother Sue Tomlinson lost her wedding ring.
Sue and her husband Phil Tomlinson, both retired, had recently returned from holiday and couldn’t be sure when or where the ring has gone missing.
The couple were married in Edenbridge Kent in 1973 and although it wasn’t the original wedding ring it has great sentimental value.
Phil said: “It's not the original ring but still very precious.
“We bought it in Malta in 1998 to mark our silver wedding anniversary.
“The first ring is white gold and Sue wanted a gold replacement. 
“The new ring is 18 carat gold with a pattern of small interlinking circles on the outside.” 
After a thorough search of all the likely places in the house and car revealed nothing the couple were about to phone the hotel they had just stayed in when Sue remembered popping into Tesco on returning from their short break for some grocery essentials.
Phil added: “It was a long shot but we just thought it worthwhile seeing if it had slipped off her finger while she was in Tesco and had been found.
 “A call to the store revealed that, yes, they had a ring that answered Sue's description.
“A trip there proved it was indeed Sue's. 
“Great joy and relief all round.
“We were so grateful and relieved to get it back and wish to thank Tesco and the individual who found it.”
The ring is currently with David Christopher jewellers for assessment on making it smaller which given the intricate design isn’t straightforward.
A Tesco Nailsea customer services department spokesman said they weren’t sure whether it was someone shopping of a member of staff who found the ring but said it wasn’t unusual for people to lose things in the store.
She said: “We have everything from glasses, walking sticks, umbrellas, hats, coats, scarves, a skirt, and even hearing aids but approximately 99 per cent of found property does gets to returned to its rightful owner.
However, she added: “We do still have several unclaimed sets of car keys!”

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Bow wow for Tesco 


Tesco Nailsea is supporting Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary which rescues and rehomes unwanted, abandoned and often mistreated cats and dogs.

The charity at Barrrow Gurney receives no funding from the government or National Lottery and relies on the generosity and goodwill of supporters to keep its kennel and cattery doors open.

Tesco Nailsea put up a stall at its entrance with information boards and then several staff members went on a fact-finding tour of the facilities at Wild Country Lane.

Tesco community champion Hayley Watson who was part of the six supermarket team who went to Holly Hedge said: "We spent four hours helping out sweeping up and cuddling the animals and on our tour we were accompanied by Rosie, a Jack Russell/pug cross who lives at the rescue centre."

Saturday, March 25, was the last day to donate when people from Holly Hedge rattled collection tins and collecting donated pet stuff.

Holly Hedge fundraising manager Hannah Wozniak said: "We rely on the generosity and goodwill of our supporters to keep our kennel and cattery doors open.

"While it costs approximately £616,000 every year to run our veterinary bills alone are in excess of £90,000 per annum.

"We are so grateful to Tesco Nailsea for helping us fundraise during the past week and to the members of the public that have kindly made donations of food and toys for the wonderful animals in our care.

"It was also lovely to bump in to past adopters of our residents and hear how they are getting on in their new forever homes.’

The next fund rasiing event is a fashion show at Long Ashton Community Centre at Keedwell Hill, on Friday, April 7, 7.30-10pm.

Holly Hedge also has a charity shop at 87-89 High Street, Kings Court, Nailsea.

Finest fine wines in store at Tesco Nailsea


Tesco has launched a new range of exclusive wines this month which will give customers a chance to discover some exceptional tasting wines at great prices.

The new range will delve into the world of luxury wines, without the usual price tag.

The 10 new Tesco finest* wines, which are perfect for those special occasions or everyday treats, have been created in partnership with world renowned wine producers. The range focuses on classic French and Italian styles, as well as introducing some more unusual and upcoming regions.

Tesco master of wine James Davis said: “These fantastic new finest* wines offer customers an opportunity to discover a range of top quality wines at exceptional prices. 

“We are seeing that a large number of customers are looking for a terrific wine to celebrate a special occasion, or to be an interesting talking point at the dinner table.

“We believe we’ve found some real hidden gems amongst some brilliant classics. With the help of our fantastic wine-making partners we’re able to bring these once exclusive wines to shoppers across the country.”

Customers will be able to easily identify the new additions to the range by the striking label design which mirrors the quality of the wine inside, and highlights which winemaker Tesco has worked in partnership with to bring these special wines to life.

The wines will be available in over 200 stores across the country and online.

The new Tesco finest* wines, are available at prices between £7 and £20 and includes:

  • Tesco finest* Faugeres 2015

  • Tesco finest* Lambrusco Reggiano Amabile DOC NV

  • Tesco finest* Valpolicella Ripasso 2014

  • Tesco finest* St Emilion Grand Cru 2011

  • Tesco finest* Barbera d’Alba 2013

  • Tesco finest* Margaux 2011

  • Tesco finest* Mercurey Rouge ‘Selection Georges’ 2015

  • Tesco finest* Gaillac Perle 2016

  • Tesco finest* Minervois La Liviniere 2015

  • Tesco finest* Vire Clesse 2015

The introduction of the new premium wines are the latest stage of Tesco’s journey to develop its wine range, by improving the quality, selection and availability and simplify the pricing of their own label wines.

In addition to the new full-sized bottles of finest* wines, Tesco is also introducing a range of top-of-the-line finest* favourites in 187ml bottles.

The smaller bottle sizes are great for single serves and portion control, but also offer the ability to trial new wine styles and discover a new favourite.

Bonus Clubcard points with new Tesco payment app

Dowload a new payment app and earn extra Clubcard points when you shop at Nailsea Tesco.

PayQwiq is a fast and secure payment service that helps you zip through the checkout.

It's currently available in all UK Tesco stores incuding our High Street branch.

It only takes a moment to download the app and, as a thank you for using it, you'll get 50 extra Clubcard points with each of your first 10 transactions until Sunday, May 7.

Head to the App Store or Google Play to download the PayQwiq app.

As soon as you've added your card details, you’ll be ready to shop using just your phone.

And there’s no need to worry about your bank details being stored on your phone – they're all securely protected in our encrypted data centres.

So not only is it quicker and easier, it's safer too.

For additional terms and conditions click HERE.

80s weekend at Nailsea

Tesco staff at Nailsea is preparing to roll back the clock for a totally awesome 80s themed fundraiser to kick-start the third and final year of the National Charity Partnership.
From Friday to Sunday, March 3-5, the nationwide Final Countdown weekend will see 300,000 Tesco colleagues nationwide raise money to help improve the health of the nation.
Tesco colleagues will be bringing back the fashion and energy that made the decade so great to stores with activities including getting physical with aerobic exercise and nostalgic 80s toys, music and movies.
Since the launch of the National Charity Partnership in January 2015, Tesco colleagues have generated an estimated £10.5 million through store fundraising alone.

The partnership between Tesco, Diabetes UK and the BHF aims to tackle two of the UK’s biggest health issues – Type 2 diabetes and heart and circulatory disease.
Type 2 diabetes can double a person’s risk of developing heart and circulatory disease and both conditions can lead to other health problems, but are largely preventable.
Around 4.2 million people in the UK are currently living with Type 2 diabetes and an estimated 7 million people live with heart and circulatory disease, with many more at risk.

No dress code at Tesco

Fancy a pyjama day and then need to pop out for a bit of shoping.

Well Tesco has said customers wearing nightclothes in its stores was 'not a big issue' after an angry shopper called for a ban on wearing pyjamas and slippers in shops.

A 'pyjama row' erupted after a customer posted a message on the supermarket’s Facebook page asking mangers to enforce new rules alongside a picture of two women wearing dressing gowns.

However, Tesco has branded the ordeal 'not a big issue' in a statement to the BBC.

The picture was taken early evening at a branch in Manchester and sparked a heated debate as Facebook users hit out at the post.

The post, which has since been deleted, said: "Dear Tesco, please can you put a rule in place that people like this will not be served in your stores. It’s bloody disgusting. Who doesn't have time to get changed into clothes to go shopping?"

The incident resulted in disagreement among users on Twitter.

While some agreed with the post others ridiculed the customer for taking the picture in the first place.

Twitter user Kirsty Geddis said: “I just don’t understand how anyone can go to the supermarket in their pyjamas.”

While Adrian Day said: “Have just orders a new dressing gown and pyjamas as my local supermarket tightens its dress code..

In an official statement Tesco said there was no official guidance on what customers should wear in stores:  “Many of our customers have told us that they feel uncomfortable when they see other shoppers wearing unsuitable clothing in our stores and we do try to find a balance that everyone is happy with.

 “We do not have a formal dress code in our stores and colleagues use their common sense and discretion when speaking to customers about this issue.”​

Tesco Nailsea is open 7am-11pm daily except Sundays when is it open 10am-4pm details of Christmas opening hours coming soon...

Tesco rewards its 'special' staff

Tesco colleagues in the UK who volunteer as police Special Constables will be given an extra five days paid leave each year to fulfil their policing duties.

This is in addition to the 10 days unpaid leave each year they currently receive to attend specialist training in connection to their duties.

Eight eight Tesco employees serve as Special Constables, including those working in stores and at the company’s headquarters in Welwyn Garden City.

The change in policy reflects Tesco’s desire to support colleagues who play an active role in society and give up a significant proportion of their leisure time to do so. It is also hoped the initiative will encourage more Tesco colleagues to volunteer in their community.

Tesco UK people director Natasha Adams said: “We know colleagues who are Special Constables hold positions of responsibility and trust in their communities.

"In recognition of this we have introduced a new initiative which will enable them to take up to five days paid leave a year towards their policing duties.

"We hope this will help those colleagues who give up a significant proportion of their time to help serve communities across the UK.”

Mad Hatters in store tea party

Tesco is raising money all week starting from Monday, September 26 when every store including Nailsea will mark the arrival of an inflatable tea cup in the guise of Macmillan mascot Muggy.

During his travels throughout Devon, South Gloucestershire, Bristol and Somerset the green teacup will use lots of novel modes of transport including we are told a tractor and bicycle.

And while on route the teacup will be collecting monies all along the way.

Tesco Nailsea is expecting the cuppa to arrive from the Golden Hill store at 4pm, on Thursday, September 29, on route to the Tesco Clevedon.

Staff will be staging a Mad Hatters tea party all week ending with a world record cream tea attempt on Weston pier on Friday, September 30. 

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RNLI fundraising success

The two day fundraiser at Tesco Nailsea raised a massive £1,506.21 for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

And it is with some irony that the person who won frist prize in the raffle owes he life to the charity.

The RNLI has no government funding and is dependent on public support.

Tesco spokesman Wendy Derrick said: "A massive thank you to all our customers and staff on raising £1506.21 for the RNLI during  the weekend."

And when customer Roy Babbington came to collect the Tesco hamper he won in the raffle he told that several years ago he was actually rescued by the RNLI when boating off Falmouth. 
Other winners were Mr Featherstone who won the Thatchers deckchair, Mr Wobes who won a parasol, Mr Robins goody bag and Rob the T-shirt.

So it was a clean sweep for the men.

The items donated by Thatchers will be hand delivered to the winners.

Pictured is Tesco community champion Hayley Watson presdented the hamper to Roy.

The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea

It provides, on call, a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service around the UK and Ireland, and a seasonal lifeguard service.

With its lifeboats, lifeguards, safety advice and flood rescue, we are committed to saving lives.

The people of the UK and the RoI depend on the RNLI, and the RNLI depends on its network of more than 31,500 volunteers.

On lifeboats, at lifeboat stations, on beaches and as community fundraisers, in RNLI shops, education presenters in schools, at events, sea safety officers in coastal communities, museums and across its offices without volunteers it wouldn’t be able to save lives at sea.

In 2015 the RNLI saved422 lives and rescued 9,763 people.

Tesco free fruit for children

Tesco will offer children free fruit while their parents are shopping in store, as a ‘little help’ for kids to eat more healthily.

The initiative, which is being launched at more than 800 Tesco stores including Nailsea across the UK, is aimed at creating healthy eating habits among young people that will stay with them as they grow up, and to make it easier for children to get the fruit and vegetables they need.

The Government recommends that children – like adults – eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables every day. But research has shown that only 10 per cent of boys and seven per cent of girls between the ages of 11 and 18 meet the 5-a-day recommendation.

On average children in England eat only about three portions, with many eating fewer.

Participating stores will have a selection of fruits available including apples, soft citrus and bananas for parents to take to give to their children. 

Tesco UK CEO Matt Davies, said: “We’re Britain’s biggest greengrocer, so we want to make it easier for parents to get their children eating more healthily.

"As a dad, I know it can be tricky getting children to eat their fruit and vegetables, so we’re hoping this initiative will help create healthy eating habits that will stay with children as they grow up.”

The initiative has been welcomed by health experts and charities.

British Heart Foundation chief executive Simon Gillespie said: “A healthy diet can help reduce the risk of heart disease, the UK’s single biggest killer. It also prevents you from gaining weight, reducing your risk of Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.

“It’s great to hear about Tesco’s new ‘free fruit for kids’ initiative.

"It’s a positive step towards improving children’s health throughout the UK and helps parents ensure their children get their five portions of fruit and vegetables every day.”

“This initiative complements the work we’re doing with Tesco and Diabetes UK through our National Charity Partnership. Everyone should aim for a balanced diet and it’s really positive to see Tesco giving families a helping hand again.”

Helen Dickens, 

Diabetes UK interim director of 'prevention of Type 2 diabetes' Helen Dickens said: “Eating fresh fruit is an important part of a healthy diet, and this exciting new initiative from Tesco will make it even easier for parents and children across the country to swap less healthy snacks for one of their five a day.

“Unhealthy diets and being overweight can lead to serious health conditions like Type 2 diabetes which is largely preventable by eating well and getting active. 

"We welcome Tesco’s ongoing commitment to making the healthy choice easier for all their customers.”

The initiative marks the latest step in Tesco’s drive to make it easier for colleagues and customers to eat more healthily.

  • In 2014 Tesco became the first major retailer to remove sweets and chocolates from its checkouts across all store formats, including smaller convenience stores;

  • In 2015 Tesco announced that all the children’s lunchbox-sized soft drinks it sells would have no added sugar in them which is on top of the four and a half billion calories and 1,400 tons of sugar it has already cut from its soft drinks range;

  • So far more than one million children have visited farms, factories and Tesco stores to learn about where their food comes from and how to eat more healthily through Tesco’s Eat Happy project; and

  • Earlier this year, Tesco also launched its Perfectly Imperfect range of ‘wonky’ fruit and veg plus a new range of farm brands – helping customers find great tasting fresh food at affordable prices at Tesco stores.

A substainable and healthy future at Tesco 

Healthy and ethical is the touchstone at Tesco.

Among its latest moves are a new partnership with Holland & Barrett to introduce a health and wellbeing ‘store in store’ format in a number of Tesco stores across the UK.

And Tesco has unveiled a  Fair For Farmers Guarantee by increasing the price it says  to dairy farmers for their fresh milk.

It is also investing in the future for Britain's potato growers and plans to stop selling caged eggs in the next decade.

On top of this Tesco customers donate nearly three million meals for people in need.

Tesco CEO Dave Lewis says business must do more to tackle food waste.

Tesco has also announced a number of measures which will see it source even more of the seafood it sells in a sustainable way, in partnership with the Marine Stewardship Council.

To achieve this, Tesco is:

  • Rapidly expanding the MSC-ecolabel scheme for pre-packed and frozen fish sold in Tesco stores;

  • Introducing MSC-certified fish to its 656 fish counters, making sustainable fish accessible to shoppers across the UK; and

  • Ensuring that all tuna sold at Tesco stores is sourced in a sustainable way, whether own label or branded.

ARE YOU BEING SERVED: Tesco community team with fresh fruit kebabs and bottled water at the NSP official opening at Millennium Park just yards from the High Street store...

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Tesco Nailsea on parade

Tesco lorries parked at Scotch Horn on Saturday morning giving supermarket staff literally just a few hours to make them ready by midday for Nailsea carnival parade.

The Farm to Fork theme followed the scheme for schools Tesco Nailsea has been supporting for some time educating young minds on where the food on their plate comes from - and as well as a tour of the shop and getting a go on the checkouts the young people also get to go inside a near freezing cold store.

Hundreds of youngsters have enjoyed this experience as the many thank-you letters on the in-store community noticeboard demonstate.

So with straw bales and farm animal costume supermarket staff displayed their artistic flair as they decorated the first float.

Then they turned the attention to the float they were entering on behalf of Nailsea Community Christmas Fair.

As a seasonal reminder of the December street fair its theme was Santa on his summer holidays.

Using a forest of artificial festive trees and sand from Tesco Direct and bark chippings donated by Fountain Timber Products to surround a 1950s-style striped deckchair and plastic padding pools  to ensure nothing falls off the back of the lorry reels of Christmas gaffer tape were used!

Santa's helpers dressed in gnome costumes for the bucket and spade beach break.

And all their efforts off as both floats won prizes.

For the latest on NCCF click HERE.

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In the pink with Tesco race for life team


Women who work at Tesco Nailsea have been taking part in the annual Race For Life since the High Street store opened 15 years ago.

For 2016 a 30-strong group of Tesco staff, their female friends and relatives will be running the five-kilometre course at The Downs, Bristol, on Sunday, July 3.

Race For Life is a nationwide women-only fundraising events organised by British charity Cancer Research UK.

It was started in the early 1990s at Battersea Park, London.

Since Race For Life began it has raised more than £493 million for the charity with the Nailsea supermarket adding thousands of pounds to this total.

To raise awareness of the run at the weekend Tesco Nailsea hosted an in-store promotion with strawberry smoothies and a big pink collecting bucket.

Tesco customer services assistant Shirley Hackman at 75-years-young is the oldest Nailsea participant who will run alongside three Year 11 Nailsea School girls.


How to register for free food from Tesco Nailsea

Tesco at Nailsea is joining a free redistributing scheme to send unsold food to charities rather than be wasted.

Charities and community groups that use food to support people can sign up to FareShare FoodCloud and collect good quality, surplus Tesco food sent by the High Street store.

A trial launched 11 months ago has already seen food donations from Tesco stores nationwide make more than 50,000 meals for the more vulnerable in society.

Tesco Community Food Connection programme together with FareShare FoodCloud recruits and supports charities and community groups, linking them to Tesco stores via an innovative app that allows store teams to alert them to surplus unsold food items available at the end of each day.

The unsold food is free and includes fresh produce, such as fruit, vegetables and bakery products.

Chilled products like meat, dairy and ready meals are also offered.

FareShare FoodCloud is the result of a unique three-way partnership bringing the charity, social enterprise and commercial sectors together.

  • FareShare brings its knowledge of the UK charity food redistribution market and its experience of providing food.

  • FoodCloud brings its knowledge of the technology and online applications needed to connect businesses with surplus food.

  • Tesco brings the people and technology required to deliver a reliable and well-managed programme and is the first retailer to invest in, and roll out FareShare FoodCloud.

Tesco community food programmes head Rachel Finn said: “No food that can be eaten should go to waste.

“We’re really excited to start working on this initiative to ensure that any unsold food we have is made use of.

“We are looking forward to forging strong links with local charities and community groups in Nailsea, and to use this initiative to support their efforts to help vulnerable people in our community.”

FareShare FoodCloud is the latest step in Tesco’s work with FareShare on the provision of surplus food.

The partnership spans more than three years and includes activities which make food available from the Tesco supply chain, distribution centres and dotcom centres.

This has seen nine million meals made up of surplus food donated to more than 2,200 charities and community groups across the UK.

The Nailsea store is among the first to roll out the initiative following a pilot in 14 Tesco stores last year.

This saw Tesco donate more than 22 tonnes of food to more than 50 charities, the equivalent to more than 50,000 meals.

Any charities or community groups in Nailsea using food to support people that would like to access the scheme, should register their interest by clicking HERE.

Motorbike photoshoot


Riders Motorcycle group is making a pitstop at Tesco Nailsea on Sunday, April 24.

Customers will have the opportunity to have their photo taken with the Harley Davidson bikes and riders.

Duncan White, of Riders, is taking part in the The Three Peaks Challenge, to raise much needed funds for Meningitis Now.

Tesco is supporting him and his team on their epic challenge by holding a fundraiser at its High Street store on Sunday, April 24.

If anyone would like a photograph taken come to Tesco, High Street, Nailsea on Sunday, April 24 and make a donation to Meningitis UK or buy a raffle ticket.

Nailsea school gets £10,000 Tesco grant


Tesco is inviting local community groups and good causes to apply for their share of a £12 million carrier bag charge fund.

In the first round the Woodland and Outdoor Learning resource at Kingshill Church School was awards a £10,000 grant to set up its forest school initiative.

The public voted in store from February 27-March 6 on who should receive the £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 awards.

Kingshill at Pound Lane, Nailsea, came second.

Goblin Combe Environment Centre came third and got £8,000 while Birnbeck Regeneration Trust at Weston-super-Mare topped the area poll and got £12,000.

The supermarket teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative, which sees grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to environmental and greenspace projects. 
Millions of shoppers voted in stores up and down the country for the last round of funding – with more than £11.5 million being awarded to winning projects.
Now Tesco is urging groups to get their applications in for the next round of funding – which will run until Friday, June 3, 2016.

As well as applying direct, suggestions for projects can also be nominated all year around by people living locally. 
All interested charities and community groups have to do is apply online by clicking HERE or call the helpline on 0121 237 5780. 
Once all the bids are in and have been shortlisted to a final three, Tesco customers will get the chance to vote in stores for which of the three finalists – and their respective environmental improvement projects – they’d like to see win the prize money.

These finalists will receive grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000.

Customers will be able to vote for their favourite project from early October.
Tesco head of charity and local community Caroline Silke said: "The first round of awards for the Bags of Help project was a fantastic success.

"More than 4,500 groups applied for funding with 1,170 projects in each of Tesco’s 390 regions up and down the UK to bagging a share of the Bags of Help fund.

"It has been wonderful to see the projects coming to life and to hear how delighted people have been with their award.

"We can’t wait to start handing out our second round of funding. I would urge people to get their applications in now.”
Administration of the local funding is being handled by Groundwork trust’s across the country as we specialise in supporting communities to transform local green spaces for the better.
Groundwork UK chief executive Graham Duxbury said:  “It’s been fantastic to be involved in the Bags of Help initiative helping to put something back into the local environment, transforming greenspaces and helping the community at a grass-roots level.

"We’d urge community groups and organisations everywhere to think seriously about how they could get involved.”

Tesco Nailsea bags of help


Late last year plastic carrier bag charging began in England.

Tesco, like other large retailers, is now required by law to charge a minimum of 5p for every carrier bag used by a customer.

The supermarket giant decided proceeds generated from sales of the bags will be given to good causes including community groups.

Now proceeds from the 5p charge will be invested back into communities through the Tesco 'bags of help' local grant scheme.

The second round of applications opens in April 2016.

Once the applications close Tesco staff working with environmental charityGroundwork will whittle these down to three local projects.

You will then be able to vote in-store for your favourite project.

The amount of funding available for individual local projects will range from £8,000 to £12,000.

There are three North Somerset places people can support including one at Nailsea:

  1. Groundwork South would like to clear and make secure an ancient Hill Fort at Goblin Combe Environment Centre. This will allow it to be opened up to the public and create a stimulating outdoor area for exploration and learning at Cleeve;

  2. Kingshill Church School would like to create a woodland and outdoor learning space. The development of a forest school area would provide pupils with a unique and stimulating learning place at Pound Lane, Nailsea; and

  3. Birnbeck Regeneration Fund would like to fence a neglected part of the closed coastal path to allow access to a beautiful outdoor space at Weston-super-Mare.

Tesco Nailsea customers have until Saturday, March 6, to vote in-store.

Nailsea Community Christmas Fair 2016


Christmas past could become Christmas present thanks an initiative by Tesco supermarket to host a Nailsea Community Christmas Fair.

An open air street fair ran in Nailsea for more than a decade but it was dodged by bad weather and spiralling costs and the last one was held back in 2011.

Before that was a Victorian fair but this failed as people found it difficult to get the authentic costumes which when it rained became very wet and heavy.

And the final straw came when James Rogers & Sons who ran the fairground at Clevedon Road car park pulled out saying they hadn’t made a profit for two years.

This led to people from Nailsea & District Chamber of Trade and Commerce, church and youth groups throwing in the towel.

But since its demise people have missed the family orientated event with many asking ‘when is it coming back?’.

People in Clevedon have successfully resurrected their annual St Nicholas Fair at Hill Road which magically reappeared last year and is on the 2016 calendar for Thursday, December 1.

Now Tesco community champion Debs Bear wants to do the same in Nailsea and is putting out feelers to see if anyone is interested in a 2016 festive fair.

Already people who care like Gilly Chu, of Gilly’s cafe; Phil Williams, of Nailsea Skate Park Project; Golden Valley Primary School deputy head teacher Joanne Hopkinson, Lynda Dicks, of Holy Trinity church and many of the staff working at the High Street supermarket have all shown interest.

Debs said: “This will be an event involving the whole community and while I have several volunteers already, we would really like to ensure that as many individuals, organisations, businesses and charity groups are involved as possible.

“The date chosen is Friday evening, December 2, and we are looking for any organisations or individuals who would like to get involved.

“Anyone interested in helping with the planning and organisation is invited to a meeting on Monday, January 25, at 7pm.

“Just come along to the Customer Service Desk and we will direct you.”

Any questions contact Debs at Tesco or email nailsea@communityattesco.co.uk.

Crown Glass Shopping Centre has been organising some Christmas cheer with a Christmas lights switching-on ceremony at the end of November and a series of carol concerts at Somerset Square.

And Tesco Nailsea has organised mini-Christmas fairs on its covered frontage for the past two years but the idea now is to involve the community.

Getting ready to cook 

2016 Christmas lunch


With a little help from their friends Tesco hosted a second successful Christmas day lunch for Nailsea people who may otherwise have been spending the day alone.

Sharing the Christmas spirit on December 25 was a real community event supported by other business and social organisations in the town.

Nearly 60 people sat down to lunch at Holy Trinity church centre with food donated by the  supermarket and Burchills the greengrocers which was prepared and served by a small army of volunteers.

Tesco community champion Debs Bear coordinated the festive event aided and abetted by Holy Trinity church stalwart Lynda Dicks.

Debs said: “The lunch went extremely well and everyone had a fantastic time.

“The community as a whole really got behind the venture and I hope it will grow year on year, as more people hear about it.

“This year, we have to thank Holy Trinity Church for hosting the event again, Tesco and Burchills for supplying the food, Carol and Sheila - our chefs, Andy at The Blue Flame pub for cooking the turkeys, Alchemy Trampoline Club, Greenslade Preschool, Nailsea & Backwell Rotary Club and Nailsea Lions for donations, The Federation of Hannah More Infant School and Grove Junior School and Tickenham Primary School for allowing us to use some hand-crafted decorations, local Brownie groups for decorating the tablecloths, Nailsea Girls Brigade for supplying the table centrepieces, Triple X Explorer group for helping with decorating the hall, Nailsea Comrades Club for the loan of its bingo machine and all the individuals who contributed in some way to make the event a success, either on the day or in the preparation.

“We are intending running the lunch again for 2016 so if you are interested in getting involved in this great community venture, please contact me at Tesco Nailsea, or email Communitychristmas@hotmail.com.”

A happy Christmas dinner invite


There is no need to be home alone in Nailsea this Christmas as everyone thinking of dining on their own has an invitation to the community dinner on Friday, December 25.


* But you only have until the end of this week to sign-up.*


Call 0751 032 2266 between 9am-5pm weekdays, email communitychristmas@hotmail.com, or fill in a slip with your name and contact number and post it in the box at the customer service desk in Tesco, Nailsea.

Alternatively if you know someone who is likely to be ‘home alone’ ask their permission and do it for them.

The festive feast is free and so is transport.

Already dozens of Nailsea people have signed up for the Christmas day lunch being hosted at Holy Trinity church centre.

To make sure there is enough turkey and Christmas pudding for all anyone thinking of going along needs to register by Friday, December 18.

This will be the second annual Christmas day lunch supported by Tesco Nailsea and Holy Trinity with the help of local Lions and Rotary clubs, Nailsea guides and scouts, the Girls Brigade, Blue Flame pub and Gilly’s cafe and bistro as well as lots of organisations and individuals and organisations.

Tesco community champion Debs Bear said: “We have 50 people so far attending but there is still plenty of room for more and we'd love to see the room filled.”

Nailsea schoolchildren are busy making models and bunting which after a stint decorating Santa’s Grotto at Tesco Nailsea some will be transported to Holy Trinity for the festive feast.

The Rev Jolyon Trickey said: “We are delighted to be once again using our new buildings at Holy Trinity to host a Christmas day lunch.

“This is open to anyone and everyone who would otherwise be alone at home on Christmas Day.

“We are pleased to be partnering with Tesco and others in this community event.”

The Community Christmas event is happy to receive contributions towards the event like chocolates and crackers.

Tesco community champion Debs Bear said: “We want it to be a real ‘community’ event.

“Nailsea Brownies and Rainbows are hand decorating table cloths with pictures and messages and the Girls Brigade is poised to make the table centrepieces.

“The Explorers and Scouts are also helping to decorate the hall.

“If a group or individual can offer raffle prizes or small gifts for the day then that would be fantastic.

“Although the meal is free people are welcome to make donations on the day which will go towards Nailsea Young Carers (see What’s On page for other local events supporting this group).

 “Last year was a real community event with several organisations and individuals supporting us.

“This year, we hope it will be even bigger and better.

“If any individual, social or business group would like to be involved, please get in touch.”

 The lunch is at the Trinity Centre next to the church from 1-4pm.

 Debs added: “There is no charge although there will be an opportunity to donate to a local charity, if anyone wishes.

“If anyone knows someone who is going to be on their own on Christmas Day please contact us.”

Transport if needed can be provided by experienced volunteer drivers.  

Gift of giving at Christmas with


Don a tabard and join the fight against hunger this Christmas!
Can you give a few hours and help FareShare feed those in need?

Tesco Nailsea is looking for volunteers to hand out 'shopping lists' with the store cupboard essentials we are collecting to customers.

The idea is that customers just pop an extra item into their trolley which they then donate to the food drive.
The food that is collected will then be combined with the fresh surplus food we receive from the food industry.

The collection is invaluable to FareShare as without it we would be unable to offer the charities we support a full mix of food with which to cook meals for the people they are helping. 
The three day event is Thursday to Saturday, December 3-5, at Tesco stores across the UK.
To get involved click HERE and join this year's biggest food drive.

FareShare is a tried and tested solution, with more than 20 years experience working with the food industry.

The food it redistributes is in date and good to eat, but has become surplus for simple reasons such as over-production, labelling errors or short shelf-life.

The food it collects goest to homeless hostels, refuges, older people’s lunch clubs, children’s breakfast clubs and other charities working with people in need.

It will be combined with the fresh surplus food, such as meat and vegetables that we receive from the food industry.

Most of this surplus is fresh so we need you to collect those long-life items to make a nutritionally balanced meal for someone.

Christmas Countdown update


The Community Christmas dinner on Friday, December 25, looks like being a great success.

Nailsea schoolchildren are busy making models and bunting which after a stint decorating Santa’s Grotto at Tesco Nailsea some will be magically transported to Holy Trinity for the festive feast.

The Rev Jolyon Trickey said: We are delighted to be once again using our new buildings at Holy Trinity to host a Christmas Day lunch.

“This is open to anyone and everyone who would otherwise be alone at home on Christmas Day.

“We are pleased to be partnering with Tesco and others in this community event.”

The Community Christmas event is happy to receive contributions towards the event like chocolates and crackers.

Tesco community champion Debs Bear said: “We want it to be a real ‘community’ event.

“Nailsea Brownies and Rainbows are hand decorating table cloths with pictures and messages and the Girls Brigade is poised to make the table centrepieces.

“The Explorers and Scouts are also helping to decorate the hall.

“If a group or individual can offer raffle prizes or small gifts for the day then that would be fantastic.

“Although the meal is free people are welcome to make donations on the day which will go towards Nailsea Young Carers (see What’s On page for other local events supporting this group).”

Tesco dairy dates:

  • special Christmas Activities Farm to Fork

  • Santa’s Grotto with decorations by local schools on 10am-5pm Saturday and 10am-4pm Sunday, December 20. All models will have their own collecting tin and the school which collects the most for Tesco Charity Partnership will be rewarded by a school wall mural painted by Tesco in-house artist Liz

  • Post a letter to Santa, children can write to Santa and collect individual replies the weekend before Christmas from the grotto

TO: Our community

FROM: Tesco Nailsea

Best wishes for a merry Christmas

Tesco Nailsea has got that festive feeling with its tree up and from Friday, November 6, customers can pre-order Christmas fare.

But even better news is the High Street supermarket has teamed up with Holy Trinity church and good-hearted others to bring some seasonal cheer by serving Christmas lunch to people who might otherwise be spending the day alone.

On Friday, December 25, Tesco Nailsea and Holy Trinity church supported by people from the community will provide turkey with all the trimmings for anyone who would like some company on Christmas Day.

The launch of Community Christmas last year was a great success but unfortunately chief cook and bottle washer Gilly Chu and her husband Dan are booked elsewhere for 2015.

Pictured right is the 2014 dinner.

Gilly said: “Last Christmas I had the honour of cooking Christmas lunch on the day itself for some Nailsea residents who otherwise would have been home alone.

“I shared Christmas day with some amazing volunteers and people and I loved every minute of it.

“This year we are away with friends but Tesco and the church is hosting the event again.

“Many volunteers have already agreed to help but they don't have a chef/cook.

“Is there anyone out there who would like to help?”

Tesco community champion Debs Bear said: “Last year was a real community event with several organisations and individuals supporting us.

“This year, we hope it will be even bigger and better.

“If any individual, social or business group would like to be involved, please get in touch.”

The lunch is at the Trinity Centre next to the church from 1-4pm.

Debs added: “There is no charge although there will be an opportunity to donate to a local charity, if anyone wishes.

“If anyone knows someone who is going to be on their own on Christmas Day please contact us.”

Call 0751 032 2266 between 9am-5pm weekdays, email communitychristmas@hotmail.com, or fill in a slip with your name and contact number and post it in the box at the customer service desk in Tesco, Nailsea.

Transport if needed can be provided by experienced volunteer drivers.

In 2014 nearly 40 people sat down to lunch at Holy Trinity church centre for an event everyone hoped would become a Nailsea tradition.

Food was provided by the supermarket and cooked by Gilly and her team from the High Street cafe.

Tesco supplied all the festive fare and trimmings while the presents and small prizes were donated by Alchemy DMT Club.

Nailsea Social Club (formerly known at Nailsea Comrades Club) loaned its bingo machine and Mizzymead Recreation Centre & Social Club gave the bingo cards.

Thatchers Ciders and Butcombe Brewery donated the tipples while the Cheeky Cow company gave tasters for the after dinner cheese board and Costa the coffee.

The church gave its facilities free-of-charge and volunteers came from all walks of life to ensure December 25 was a memorable and merry treat for all.

For Christmas 2015 it is hoped to empower more people to come together to meet up with old friends and make new friends creating bonds in the community that last well beyond the single day.

Dan saves man from jumping off bridge


Local hero Dan Dudbridge who works at Tesco Nailsea raised the alarm when he discovered a man about to jump off a road bridge in the early hours of Tuesday morning, October 20.

A customer assistant at the town centre petrol station Dan, aged 20, spotted someone in a white shirt leaning precariously over the railings while driving past on his motorbike.

Dan who lives in Weston-super-Mare and is a former Priory School pupil had woke up early because of a raging toothache an as he couldn’t get back to sleep decided to set off for work.

He said: “I was in agony with my wisdom tooth so I decided to go for a ride around before heading to Nailsea.”

It was approximately 3.30am when he saw the man on Hildesheim Bridge which spans the main Bristol to Weston railway line.

Dan stopped his bike and turned round to see if he could help.

He learned later from a grateful family that the 31-year-old was distraught over a failed relationship.

At the weekend Dan meet the mother and sister of the man he had helped to save.

They told Dan they wanted to speak to him face-to-face to say thank you and hear firsthand about his courageous intervention.

Dan told them how he began talking to the distraught man but it was only when shared his last cigarette that he got a response.

Dan said: "I asked him if he was all right and initially he told me not to go near him.

"But I continued to try and chat to him.

"He said he wanted to end his life because he had nothing in it anymore.

"But I told him he was wrong and that he still had a life ahead of him.

"I kept chatting to him and was trying to stall him from falling onto the tracks.

“I was so scared about what he was going to do."

Dan managed to flag down a taxi driver travelling behind him on the bridge.

"I told the taxi driver the man was threatening to jump off the bridge and he then called the police," said Dan.

"I didn't want to leave the man as I was worried about what he may do if I did."

Minutes later, police arrived – with the man once again telling officers not to go near him.

As Dan continued to talk to him, a female officer managed to grab hold of his hand, helped then by a male officer who pulled the man back over the railings to safety.

The man was initially taken to Southmead Hospital for treatment before being transferred to a specialist unit at Weston Hospital.

After giving his details to police, Dan then went on to work at Tesco, telling his colleagues what had happened.

Dan, who has worked at the store filling station for 18 months, said: "It was just by chance that I caught this man hanging from the railings out of the corner of my eye.

"It certainly wasn't something I expected to deal with on my way to work.

"It was frightening to deal with and I felt very emotional about what could have happened if I didn't stop to help."

Police have thanked Dan for his assistance.

A police spokesman said: "We were called to Hildesheim Bridge in Weston at approximately 3.50am on Tuesday following reports expressing concern about the welfare of a man.

"The man spoke to officers and was taken to Southmead Hospital.

"We are grateful to the member of the public who intervened before officers arrived and who helped resolve the situation."

Dan’s partner Abbi, 19, and Tesco store manager Sarah Briggs are full of praise.

Sarah said: “I’m really proud of Dan and his quick-thinking.”

A sentiment echoed by Abbi.

Hello to Sarah and goodbye to Gareth


Tesco Nailsea has a new store manager.

Welsh born Sarah Briggs, aged 32, began work this summer at the High Street supermarket.

She took over from Gareth Williams who had been in charge for three years.

Sarah began her Tesco career while still at school when she worked as a part-time cashier back in 1999 at Carmarthen.

She transferred to a Cardiff branch when she went to university.

After graduating with a 2.1 in accountancy and management Sarah spent a brief spell as a tax accountant with Grant Thornton, the fifth largest accounting network in the world.

Sarah said: “I decided it wasn't for me and as I was still working part time at Tesco I opted for the management development scheme.

“Through this I took on various managerial roles in the business until 2011 when I became a store manager of Neath Metro.

“Since then I have managed various stores in Wales before crossing the border and taking the helm at Staple Hill Metro."

Currently living at Bradley Stoke outside of work Sarah enjoys socialising with friends, seeing family and after all the huffing and puffing taking part in the successful Tough as Nails she has decided to join a gym!

She added; “My vision for the Nailsea store is that ‘our customers enjoy shopping with us because we provide excellent service and are seen as a local retailer who supports the community in any way we can’."

Meanwhile father-of-one Gareth, 44, who has worked for Tesco for a quarter of a century has been made store manager at Golden Hill at Henleaze.

Tesco opened its Nailsea store and petrol station in 2007.

The store currently employs 215 staff.

Assault course challenge for Tesco team in Tough as Nails


A top team from Tesco Nailsea competed in the first Tough as Nails charity fundraising challenge by clambering around a four mile assault course on a blustery Sunday morning.

They joined the 150 people of varying fitness levels who raised more than £1,000 towards replacing the town’s popular skateboard park.

The gruelling August event was organised by neighbourhood police officers who teamed up with outdoor fitness company Carpe Diem and other North Somerset businesses including the go-getting High Street supermarket staff.

Heading the Tesco team was store manager 32-year-old Sarah Briggs who said prior to the run: "This will be the furthest I have run since High School, but I am looking forward to the challenge.”

She was joined by fresh food manager Jemma Lusty, aged 23, who joked: "I thought it was going to be a stroll in the park, not a run round the field."

Lead manager Matt Pow, 34, said: "I haven't done anything like this for about 10 years, this has given me the push to keep it up."

Counters manager Seb Sepulveda, 23, was also inspired by the day.

He said: "It's been a long time since I've ran in a competitive race but this has really given me the buzz to get back into it and train for the Bathalf.”

He has until March next year to get marathon fit for the Bath road race.

Security manager Ben Helvin, 24, said: "I fancied a new challenge and a change of pace so I decided to train and take part in the race."

Fruit and vegetable manager Jordan Cole, 20, said: "I normally spend my time running around a football pitch but today I also fancied a change and swapped it for a rugby pitch."

Completing the Tesco Nailsea Nine was Vicky Houselander, Linda Mills and Ros Sage who manned a refreshment pit stop stacked with fresh fruit and bottled water given free to all the competitors.

The backup crew agreed it was great to be involved in the community and also cheer on the store team who they said did a fantastic job of representing Tesco.

Neighbourhood police sergeant Mark Raby said: “The skate park is really important to Nailsea’s young people but after more than 10 years’ use it needs to be replaced.

“We in the neighbourhood team believe it’s important for our children and teenagers to have somewhere safe to use their skateboards, scooters and BMX bikes.

“We don't want any accidents in the shopping precinct or on our roads."

The original skateboard park was built at Millennium Park opposite the store car park from money donated by Tesco as part of a planning agreement back in 2001.

It took Sgt Raby and his helpers weeks to put together the assault course which included a slippery slide, crawl pipes and muddy water.

A mean warm-up route was put together by Donna Jordan who is more used to training Royal Marine cadets!

Children taking part had a slightly less arduous and shorter course.

PS Raby said: "It was a great community event with lots of people supporting the runners.

“We’re grateful for the support of the rugby club, fire and rescue crews and both police and army cadets, plus local businesses who donated raffle prizes.

“We couldn’t have run this without help from local companies including Avon Skip Hire, BMW, Brockley Timber, Coombe Tyres, JH Hire Ltd, Gemini Gym, Gould Autoplates and Signs, Hensons estate agents, Kellaway Builders, Lopresti’s ice cream, Tesco Nailsea and True Care Medical Services.”

Along with police horses also pitched up on the field were a mobile skate ramp, have-a-go cage football and bouncy castles.

There is talk of Tough as Nails challenge becoming an annual fundraising event with timed runs ... watch this space.


PHOTO: Top from front left Sarah Briggs,Jemma Lusty, Matt Pow, Seb Sepulveda, Ben Helvin and Jordan Cole. Standing at back are Ros Sage, Vicky Houselander and Linda Mills. Below is practise for team picture and some of Tesco team at start and finish

Say it with sunflowers 


Every class visiting Tesco Nailsea before May half term for the Farm To Fork trail is being encouraged to ‘grow their own’ sunflowers.

The children are given packets of sunflower seeds to take back to their schools where hopefully they will find a plot of earth to get planting.

The flowers bloom in late summer and photographs of the best will win prizes of baskets of seeds and gardening tools.

Helianthus annuus is the Latin name for the common sunflower which belongs to the daisy family.

Some sunflowers are grown as a crop for its edible oil and fruits.

While others are used as bird food or livestock forage.

The closing date for the photos to be submitted is Friday, October 16.

Some sunflowers like the American Giant can grow up to 4m.

Sunflowers should ideally be planted from mid-April until the end of May and prefer growing in sunny well drained soil.

The sunflowers need to be protected from slugs and snails who like to eat the new shoots and soon the children will see a flower growing which could  end up much taller than them.

To arrange a visit contact Debs Bear at 


Finest dining with

Nailsea Men's Cooking Club


Nailsea Men’s Cooking Club is a band of senior singles as keen as mustard to learn culinary skills.

However, the likelihood of any of them becoming domestic Gods is perhaps a little ambitious as some are a little hard of hearing and others have failing eyesight.

What is very much in tack is their sense of humour and desire to learn.

The group have been meeting weekly for nearly a year at the Ring O’Bells to plan and execute recipes.

For newest member Ray, 79, it was his first outing after spending Christmas in hospital after a car accident.

Despite being registered blind Ray, an active road safety campaigner, was happy to try something a little different.

The Men’s Cooking Club is the brainchild of music teacher and long term carer Celia Holland whose idea it was to give elderly gentleman catering lessons in a ‘socially inclusive’ setting.

Together with Tesco community champion Debs Bear and pub landlord Dave Green the trio went about recruiting for their club.

Celia provided the direction, Debs the sponsorship and support and Dave the kitchen expertise.

None of this socially aware trio charged for their time or input.

On alternative Wednesdays the men meet at noon to mull over cook books and chose recipes to make the following week.

A firm favourite is Delia Smith who is known for teaching basic cookery skills in a no-nonsense style although sometimes they get more adventurous and whether to try a spicy chicken massala dominated the discussion this week.

Dave tries gently to dissuade them from choosing anything that will take too long to cook.

The conversation was peppered with laughter along with a risqué joke about elephants which I can’t remember!

Reg proudly told how with cupboard full of dried fruit to use up he made a Christmas cake this year much to the surprise of visiting family.

And Frank had arrived at the St Mary’s Grove pub carrying a homemade Victoria sponge to share.

The age range is from late 60s to mid 80s and no-one despite disabilities or lack of knowledge is excluded with new members being made very welcome.

As well as cooking some of the men also accompanied Celiawho was performing to a St Valentine’s Day 'love-in' with readings and songs at the Tithe Barn. 

The seniors went home happy having received several single stem roses.

However Celia stressed: “We aren’t a dating club and we spell that out at the start of meeting a new member.”

In a Peter Pan moment the elderly men have dubbed Celia ‘mother of the group’.

Only four people can cook in a given week but the others get jobs like washing-up or waiting at tables.

Celia said: “The club was always called 'not just a cooking club' as the social side is considered of equal importance.

“As well as learning to cook the intent was to offer a social occasion in like-minded company to men living on their own.”

The cherry on the cake for the group was entertaining invited other single seniors to a free community lunch including those who had joined in the Christmas dinner.

Alec, Frank, Martin and Reg were the cooks under the watchful eye of the pub master chef Dave.

On the menu was beef stew served with dumplings, mash potatoes and carrots followed by apple and rhubarb crumble.

Nearly 20 diners came along.

On a normal lesson day the men pay for the food they eat and take home.

For the community lunch Tesco provided all the Ingredients and the lunch was free.

Celia added: “Everybody who came had a really good time and judged the food superb. 

“They offered a contribution to the costs which, of course, we couldn't accept - as thanks to Dave and Tesco, there were none.

“So, all the guests decided they would like to make a donation towards our other charity the Young Carers and they very kindly gave £72.

“Everybody who came had a really good time and said the food was superb.”

Debs said: “It was highly successful day.

“Delicious food, great company and everyone had a lovely time.”

  • Holy Trinity church also have a men-only club which hosts early morning breakfasts at The Old Farmhouse which costs £5 a ticket.


Carol Deacon

Farm to Fork
Farm to Fork

Year 1 children from Hannah More Infant School at Tesco Nailsea to learn all about healthy eating

Farm to Fork
Farm to Fork

Year 1 children from Hannah More Infant School at Tesco Nailsea to learn all about healthy eating

Farm to Fork
Farm to Fork

Year 1 children from Hannah More Infant School at Tesco Nailsea to learn all about healthy eating

Farm to Fork
Farm to Fork

Year 1 children from Hannah More Infant School at Tesco Nailsea to learn all about healthy eating