What's On

Nailsea and nearby 2020

Hairy bikers go hairless

May 2020
Peter Colley
John Colley
David Elliott
Dave Moorcroft

EGG HEADS: They set a target of £1,000 for their sponsored headshave in aid of Children's Hospice South West saying if they reached their goal they would shave their beards off too - obviously excluding the schoolboy. The grand total made by the famous five was £1,100 so beards had to be removed, painlessly. It is not too late to donate here https://bit.ly/3d05LId - and a big thank you to all. ​​The stunts were streamed 'live' on the Nailsea Bikers Facebook page which has additional information about the group which organised the annual Nailsea International Bike Show.

  • Rolls Royce engineer John Colley, aged 55;

  • Nailsea School student Peter Colley, 11, who did a similar charity stunt two years ago for CHSW when he had shoulder length hair shorn;

  • Software engineer David Elliott, 38;

  • Quality engineer Dave Moorcroft, 52, and

  • Long distance motorcyclist + freelance construction manager Phillip Weston, 70.

Phillip Weston

CHSW 1,2 & 3 challenges

One of the most serious consequences of the fundraising cancellations is all the charities struggling for cash.

On our doorstep is Children’s Hospice South West at Charlton Farm, Wraxall.

Currently there are three ongoing fundraisers supporting the hospice.

Please help if you can.


Jean Cridland and her friend Pam Taylor decided to do something to help the CHSW during the Covid 19 lockdown.

Both in their 70s, these two Nailsea grandmothers knew they could both still hoola hoop and so decided to raise money by doing so for 26 minutes on 26 consecutive days.

Their initial goal was to raise £100 but on Friday, May 22, which was day 26, when they finished (well done both!) they had reached and amazing £976.

Jean came up with 26 innovative ways of hoola hooping in character and put them on Facebook each day (under Jean Cridland).

They are very funny and my favourite has to be Jean Blonde!

Husband Malcolm filmed each day and acted as Jean’s stooge and it is pure comedy gold.

Well done to these wonderfully impressive ladies for getting up and doing something to help a very worthy local cause.

Can we help them reach a magnificent £1,000?

Click HERE to give.


Gordano Ladies Rugby which includes one Nailsea player has kicked off a 50:50 challenge.

To celebrate Gordano Rugby Football Club's 50th year, the ladies team decided to complete 50km in five days.

The 50km can be completed by any means - walking, running, cycling, rowing or crawling.

Funds raised will be shared between CHSW and Next Link.

The sponsored team has already completed 224.7km.

They are sharing donations between Be Incredible for the Children's Hospice South West and Next Link Domestic Abuse Services.

To support click HERE.



Going live on Saturday afternoon, May 23, five Nailsea bikers get their heads shaved. Read more below.

To support click HERE.

What's NOT On

It is easier to tell Nailsea People what's ‘not’ on rather than what's on this summer.

The pre March What's On page has been furloughed and now it has only online/virtual events and not many of those.

All those events from carnival to flower show, from beer & cider festivals to May fair, from Nailsea School PTA summer draw to school prom have been cancelled or postponed like Glastonbury and the Olympics 2020.

Only two planned events are undecided:

  • Nailsea Summer School which runs for the first fortnight of the school holidays. Organisers say the will wait until Thursday, June 18, before making a definitive decision and are not taking bookings at this time; and

  • 11th annual Nailsea International Bike Show which is pencilled in for at the Ring O’Bells on Saturday and Sunday, September 12- 13th September

One of the last to go is the annual skate festival – which attracts young competitors from across the area.

The 18th annual coming of age festival, which has become a major date in the skate community calendar was due to take at the skate park at Millennium Park on Saturday, June 6.

Organisers of the event met earlier this week to discuss the festival and made the painful decision to postpone it to the autumn.

Organiser Phil Williams said: “Unfortunately we had no choice but to postpone the event from its scheduled date of June 6.

“We realise this is a great disappointment for all those looking forward to it, but sadly after looking at all the possibilities had no choice.

“However, all at the meeting were keen to see whether we could reschedule the event when things settle down and that probably means in the autumn.”

The team is now planning other virtual events instead of the festival, including picture competitions, re-runs of some of the other skate festival video edits.

There are also plans to stream pre recorded and live imputs on the day of the event which can be followed via the Nailsea Skatepark Project, and Nailsea Skatefest & Activities Showcase Facebook pages.

A spring clean of the skate park is also planned with volunteers being sought to help.

The skate park remains closed due to the Government lockdown.

However, some are continuing to flout the regulations.

Phil added: “Unfortunately the skate park is still officially closed, and to the huge percentage of users who are respecting that, thank you.

“To the one of two of you reading this who might be sneaking back on, we really would encourage you to avoid doing this, as its not helping the communities current great support of the park, as well as the fact that you run the risk of being fined as breaking the guidance legislation.

“We are all really missing it and once it is safe to use it again with revised guidelines, we will be the first to let you know.”

Anyone with questions or ideas on how to make June 6 a fun day remotely contact Phil Williams phil@christiansurfers.co.uk.

Nailsea Bikers bad hair day for very good cause

Having a bad hair day?

Well a group of Nailsea Bikers are going for the very short, back and sides look for charity in the hope of raising £1,000 for Children’s Hospice South West.

Biker John Colley said: “While Nailsea Bikers are isolated at home and unable to get out on our bikes we have had plenty of time to think about how lucky we are having healthy families.

“Our chosen charity the Children's Hospice South West (CHSW) support those who are not so fortunate.

“They are funded entirely through fundraising but unfortunately the Covid19 crisis has forced them to cancel many of their usual events leaving them very short of funds. 

“Nailsea Bikers have been trying to work out how to help them through this tough time and several of us have decided to have a sponsored head shave.

“In three weeks we will post videos on the Nailsea Bikers Facebook page of our members losing their locks to help this amazing charity continue their incredible work.

“I think we are all going for the full headshave rather than a crew cut.”

Those taking part pictured from top at end of May include:

  • Rolls Royce engineer John Colley, aged 55;

  • Nailsea School student Peter Colley, 11, who did a similar charity stunt two years ago for CHSW when he had shoulder length hair shorn;

  • Software engineer David Elliott, 38;

  • Quality engineer Dave Moorcroft, 52, and

  • Long distance motorcyclist and freelance construction manager Phillip Weston, 70.

To sponsor the haircut from hell go to their JustGiving page, it is simple, fast and totally secure to give – click HERE.

Charlton Farm at Wraxall is run by CHSW to help and supports children and their families who are living with life-limiting conditions.

They provide a loving and caring place for the whole family. A place where everyone can find expert care and support in facing an uncertain future.

This year should see the 11th International Nailsea Bike Show in September at Ring O’Bells on St Mary’s Grove, Nailsea.

This is when 100s of vehicles go on show at the St Mary’s Grove pub from 1940s Indians to modern sports bikes and customs.

The event has raised more than £21,000 over the years for CHSW, supported other charities like the Nailsea District Leg Club and gives a platform for talented local musicians as part of the programme of entertainment.

John said: “We are currently still hoping to run the 2020 Nailsea International bike show as planned on Saturday and Sunday, September 12-13.

“However, we may have to review this depending on developments in the current Covid19 crisis.

“Updates on the situation will be posted on our Facebook page.”​

Nailsea People has a page dedicated to the 2019 bike show with lots of photos - it is HERE

  • CLEAR IMAGE: Rolls Royce engineer John Colley, who is currently working from home, and son Peter furloughed from school are keeping busy printing 3D visor frame and ear saver straps for the national health service and sign writer friend Dan Green, of Image Signs, at Unit 3, Noel's Siding Industrial Estate, St Georges, Weston-super-Mare is cutting the clear plastic for them

Hula-hooping for children's hospice

Nailsea pair Jean Cridland and Pam Taylor are taking on an unusual challenge to support their local children’s hospice.

The duo are both hula-hooping for 26 minutes every day for 26 days to raise vital funds for Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW).
Jean and Pam are both aged 70 plus and self-isolating – they each have children and grandchildren and when they heard about the 2.6 Challenge, they wanted to do something special to support a charity caring for children and families during the coronavirus crisis.

Jean and Pam are now more than a week into their challenge and have raised ovin excess of £ so far and are hoping to raise much more.

The charity, which is based at Charlton Farm, in Wraxall has adapted its day-to-day care provision to provide support to vulnerable children in the community.

In addition to care being provided to families already known to the charity, the care team is working with the NHS and other local care providers to offer support to other vulnerable children and young people, helping keep hospital admissions down and freeing up essential resources needed to respond to the coronavirus outbreak.

CHSW community fundraiser Emma Parker said "Jean and Pam are an inspiration.

"It’s certainly no mean feat hula hooping for 26 days, but by taking on the challenge they will literally help to maintain a lifeline for families.

"We are all cheering them on!"

If you would like to support Jean and Pam cllick HERE.

Festival In The Clouds for Clevedon

The Victorian seaside resort of Clevedon is to stage a Festival In The Clouds after plans for its first ever literary and arts celebration, More Than Words, due to be held in June, were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Now a selection of tasters, including talks by national and local authors, poetry readings, art and music, will be available in videos and podcasts in this virtual festival from Saturday, June 13.

These will include the forgotten history of Modernist artist Doris Hatt, extracts from Tennyson’s In Memoriam AHH poem dedicated to his friend, Arthur Hallam, buried in Clevedon’s St Andrew’s Church and a special reading of Coleridge’s Kubla Khan.

Other highlights include Sir John Betjeman’s plea to save the town’s Victorian pier from demolition in the 1980s, a masterclass with artist Kev F Sutherland as he creates his latest Shakespearean comic strip book, The Prince of Denmark Street, and the history of swimming from the Romans to those who today enjoy Clevedon’s Marine Lake.

The original festival was to have been the centre-piece of the Discover Clevedon Summer Weekend from Friday to Sunday, June 12-14, sponsored by Clevedon BID, set up to improve the commercial life of the North Somerset town.

Now the Festival In The Clouds will ensure the town’s rich heritage is introduced to an even wider audience, when they visit the More Than Words link on Clevedon BID’s Discover Clevedon website www.discoverclevedon.co.uk

There will also be reprints of two sell-out books – one about Doris Hatt and the other about Queen Victoria’s favourite flower – the Clevedon Violet.

Organiser Carol Price said: “We were all amazed and delighted by the support we had received for our first festival with 20 venues planned throughout the town.

“But now we can make sure that all that local creativity and those marvellous ideas and enthusiasm are not wasted.

“Our Festival In The Clouds will showcase Clevedon’s unique cultural history and home-grown talents and act as a spectacular taster for More Than Words when it finally takes place in the summer of 2021.”

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