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Outdoor storytelling

Storyteller Michael Loader will be offering Family Story Adventures in Towerhouse Woods, Nailsea, on Sunday mornings, December 6,13 and 20.

Michael said: “Meet at 10.30pm at Jacklands Fishing Lakes car park but please note we are not permitted to park there.”

Two hours of walking, adventuring, clue finding, imagination, story making, art and crafting and telling…

He added: “On the heights, in the woods, in and out of the dips and dells I have been running these for more than a year in Towerhouse Woods.”

Recommended for primary school age children here are what some people have said about the outdoor experience:


“Thanks, Michael, for a wonderfully creative family time”

“Loved every moment”

“It’s been great to see our son get so involved”

“I love the way you encourage everyone to be involved with such gentleness and warmth"


Group sizes are limited to six, it costs £7 per person or family of four £25.


Pay on the day or use PayPal.

Approved by the Woodland Trust and Covid risk assessed.

To book or for further information email mailto:foolworks@yahoo.co.uk.

Curzon refunds

Due to the national lockdown the Curzon cinema will be closing its doors from Thursday, November 5, to Wednesday, December 2.

As such we have had to postpone all screenings within these dates.

The Clevedon picture house will be rescheduling these events where possible although it cannot guarantee a new date for all shows.
If you have already booked you can hold on to your ticket until a new date becomes available, at which time you will be contacted and will be able to rebook before tickets go on general sale.

Alternatively, they can offer you a refund on the original card you booked with.

You can also choose to have your refund put on to a Curzon gift card which can be used to purchase tickets for any future films and events.

As this is a very uncertain time for independent cinemas the option is also available for you to instead donate your ticket price to the Curzon.

A Curzon spokesman said: "We are hugely thankful to anyone choosing to support us in this way however we understand that during this period it's not something that everyone is able to do."
Please email refunds@curzon.org.uk with your preferred option as well as your booking details and a contact number on which to reach you.
From Thursday, November 5, staff will be going on to furlough, this means requests won't be responded to immediately however they will be processing refunds as soon as they can.


Backwell Camera Club autumn 2020 programme

Backwell Camera Club is still meeting despite the COVID restrictions. 

The meetings are on Zoom every Thursday at 7.30 pm. 

New members are welcome and should contact the club through the website at www.backwellcameraclub.club

Here is its  autumn programme:

  • Thursday, November 26, Club members Kay Welsh and Alan Wood present an evening of landscape, wildlife and nature photography. Kay will be showing more of her landscape images and Alan will take us through his approach to wildlife and nature photography with plenty of practical tips along the way.

  • Thursday, December 3, Landscapes For All Seasons by Robert Harvey. Seasonal change is an inspiration to landscape photographers. Spring wild flowers, summer harvest, autumn mist and winter snow transform the countryside from ordinary to exceptional. Exploring favourite locations throughout Britain to illustrate light and composition, the talk shows how to make the most of conditions, capture reflections and panoramas, use filters and explains techniques such as focus stacking.

  • Thursday, December 10, Christmas show and tell evening where members show small sections of their work produced during the year.  This is the last meeting before they resume in the new year.

  • Thursday, January 7, evening event is being changed from the usual fun knockout competition - check club we site for latest details.

  • Thursday, January 14, is Using Birnbeck Unseen And Untold History by Peter Lander, of Birnbeck Regeneration Trust, Peter will give a multi-media and Powerpoint presentation showing Birnbeck as it was and Birnbeck Regeneration Trust's view of its future. Supporting the documented history of the pier and island, the presentation includes material from family collections never seen before within the public domain.  The Trust if particularly interested in acquiring more photos, postcards, pictures and memorabilia to include in the pier's timeline.

  • Thursday, January 28, is the First Quarterly Image Appraisal. An opportunity for members to have their prints and digitally projected images appraised by an experienced photographer.  If necessary, some guidance will be given on how an image may be further improved.


BBC member Mike West took the Poet's Walk peephole picture​​

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What's WAS On


Now showing

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The Secret Garden (PG)

Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday, October 24, 25 and 28 all at 2.30pm

The release of the revamped, British classic was delayed due to Covid-19 but is released just in time for half-term audiences. Starring Julie Walter and Colin Firth, this is sure to please adults and children with its haunting but uplifting magical tale.

The story follows Mary Lennox, a 10-year-old girl sent to live with her uncle Archibald Craven (Firth), under the watchful eye of Mrs Medlock (Walters) with only the household maid, Martha for company. Mary begins to uncover many family secrets, particularly after chancing upon her cousin Colin, who has been shut away unwell in a wing of the house.

Cats and Dogs: Paws Unite (U)

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, October 26, 27 and 29 all at 2.30pm

Gwen the cat and Roger the dog are secret agents (obviously) who manage to covertly protect the world without us humans even finding out. Their partnership works due to the ‘Great Truce’ which has managed to stop cat and dog hostility for over a decade. The long-standing peace is threatened when a supervillain parrot discovers a way to manipulate wireless frequencies that only cats and dogs can hear.

The zany plot is sure to please younger audiences this half term holiday!

Tenet (12A)

Monday, Wednesda and Thursday, October 26, 28 and 29 all at 7.30pm

The most talked about and hotly anticipated film during lockdown; Tenet is the new blockbuster from writer/director Christopher Nolan, who bought you Memento, Inception and the reinvention of Batman via The Dark Knight Trilogy. Famous for his non-linear, time-bending, cerebral narratives that defy conventional classifications, his latest offering lives up to the hype.

Armed with only one word, Tenet, a protagonist (played by John David Washington) journeys through a twilight world of international espionage to prevent the start of World War III. With mind-bending effects, the like of which we saw in Inception, this is pure escapism cinema.


Royal Ballet: Giselle (12A)

Tuesday, October 27 at 7pm

With its combination of memorable story and exquisite choreography, Giselle is the perfect way to discover classical ballet. Dubbed ‘the greatest of all romantic ballets’ Peter Wright’s production is a classic tale of betrayal and the supernatural love that transcends death.

For times, dates and tickets go to https://www.curzon.org.uk/.

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David Attenborough - A Life On Our Planet + Exclusive cinema Q&A

We are now able to confirm that this event has been rescheduled for Friday and Saturday, October 23 and 2 at 7.30 pm. Tickets will go on general sale on Monday 19th October.
If you still have tickets for the original showing on the 16th of April and would like to re-book, or organise a refund, please send an email to oliver.treasure-smith@curzon.org.uk.

Exhibition on Screen: Frida Khalo
We are now able to confirm that this event has been rescheduled for Sunday, October 25, at 7.30 pm. Tickets also go on general sale on Monday, October 19.
If you still have tickets for the original showing on July 6 and would like to re-book, or organise a refund, please send an email to oliver.treasure-smith@curzon.org.uk.

Coming soon:

  • Royal Opera House - Manon Lescaut: Tuesday, November 3

  • National Theatre Live - Present Laughter: Tuesday, November 10 at 7pm

  • The Three Tenors - Voices for Eternity (Cinema Live): Thursday, November 19 at 7.30pm

  • Little Mix - LM5 The Tour Film: Saturday, November 21 at 7.30pm

  • Royal Opera House - Macbeth: Wednesday, November 25 at 7pm

  • Exhibition On Screen – Revealing Raphael: Tuesday, December 1 at 7.30pm

  • National Theatre Live - Cyrano de Bergerac: Wednesday, December 2 at 7pm

  • Royal Ballet - Nutcracker: Thursday, December 10 at 7pm

  • Exhibition On Screen – Concerto A Beethoven Journey: Wednesday, December 16 at  7.30pm


Now showing 'no false ceiling' at Curzon cinema

Covid-19 might have succeeded where Adolf Hitler failed in shutting down Clevedon’s historic Curzon community cinema, whose previous boast was that it’s the oldest continually operated cinema in the world. 
But the Curzon team haven’t been idle during the enforced closure. 
Not only have the contractors completed those much-needed repairs to the roof, but the trustees also took the decision to remove the false ceiling above the auditorium while the building was empty.
This means that when the Curzon reopens to the public on Friday, October 16, cinemagoers will be able to experience the auditorium in all its original splendour for the first time since 1972, when the balcony was closed and the ugly suspended ceiling installed.
Now audiences can savour the striking tin panelling curving over the cinema screen. 
To either side of this, you can see where the original boxes would have been, while the beautiful balcony and ornate panelled roof have both been exposed. Plans are now afoot to reopen the balcony to the public. 
From Friday, October 16, the Curzon will be ready for you with numbered seats, socially-distanced seat booking system, cleaning, cleaning and more cleaning, risk assessments coming out of its ears and a carefully programmed feast of films. 

Zegs Pop-Up Gallery; Nel the Dog (1900s)
Zegs Pop-Up Gallery; Clifton Suspension

Pop-up art sale not pop art

A pop-up sale of affordable art is at Ashton Court from Sunday to Monday, November 1-9. 

This free pop-up gallery curated by Zeg’s Decorative Fine Arts will show 60 handpicked pieces.

The aim is to provide accessible art directly to local audiences with most pieces priced at £20-100 framed and ready to hang. 

Supported by  Bristol charity Artspace Lifespace a virtual preview tour and onsite viewing are on offer, free of charge. 

The exhibition acknowledges unrecognised, amateur talent and includes classical oil and watercolour paintings dating back to the 19th century.

A retrospective installation piece of works from Bristol graffiti 3Dom, Feek, and Sepr will also feature.

Original sketches from these artists will be available to buy onsite and online.

Prints can also be ordered for next-working-day delivery. 

Zeg’s Decorative Fine Art curator Hugo Stanbury said: “We are delighted to present this inaugural event for the first time at Ashton Court.

“After months of lockdown and only a limited number of events taking place, exploring new ways to help people connect with each other and original art is the premise for this exciting new prospect.”

Hugo is hosting the virtual preview tour on Sunday, November 1, 6-8pm. 

The tour footage will be made available to art fans who wish to enjoy the exhibition from their own home. 

The gallery is open to the public Monday-Monday, November 2-9, 9am-6pm and set out to allow visitors to keep to social distancing guidelines.

To register for the tour via email messagezeg@gmail.com or go to https://www.facebook.com/zegsdfa to find out more. 

Curzon at Clevedon reopens

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We are back - the Curzon cinema at Clevedon reopens its doors from Friday, October 16.
It's been a long time. Six months of quiet, no crunching of popcorn, no Pearl & Dean theme tune announcing the start of something exciting, no lovely customers to chat to about the film they have just seen or are about to see. 
Now, we're getting ready for you, cleaning, tidying, organising and perhaps most importantly, booking in films.
But in your absence there has been at least one positive achievement... 
Our shiny new roof is complete. The building is water-tight, structurally sound and ready for action. And it's largely thanks to you wonderful people. All those tiles tagged, lottery tickets bought, buckets filled with change, they may seem like a distant memory but it lives on in the form of this sparkling terracotta. Photo-bombed by Morph, naturally.Thank you to everyone who gave their time and money, and a big thank you to the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Perhaps the most talked about and hotly anticipated film during lockdown. The new blockbuster from writer/director Christopher Nolan (responsible for Memento, Inception and the reviving of Batman via The Dark Knight Trilogy). We are bringing you the ultimate slice of time-bending escapism. An espionage filled, sci-fi epic, that is the antidote to our current reality. If you want to come back to big visuals, big sound, and a superbly talented cast, then Tenet is for you.
'It's Bond on acid.' - Empire
'Tenet is a thrilling place to get lost in.' - Independent


The man. At 94, he has had the privilege of witnessing more of the natural world than any other human being. A Life On Our Planet is an honest, revealing and urgent first-hand account of humanity's impact on nature and a message of hope for future generations. At its most impactful on the big screen, the cinema version also comes with an exclusive Q&A with David Attenborough himself.

ORACLES IN SEPIAA beautiful example of using archive film footage to link human experiences from the past to the present. This short film uses historical material in an incredibly clever way to explore the extraordinary times we are living through now. Well worth taking a few minutes out to watch, it's a very moving piece of film. 


No filter needed (or used). Phoebe Waller-Bridge brings Fleabag to the stage in this one-woman show that inspired the TV series. 'Filthy, funny snarky and touching.' - Daily Telegraph'Funny, vibrant, and blunt as a hammerhead.' - New York Magazine.

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The start of October marks the beginning of Black History Month, and although we aren't open quite yet, it seems very important this year to mark it. Cinema has the power to give the marginalised a voice, to share truths and stories and talent from diverse communities that are often notably under-represented. We chatted to the Curzon's film programmer, Olly, about representation of BAME communities in British film, and asked him to recommend a film that explores racism and provides some perspective for Black History Month.
'Apart from a few stand-out pictures, the depiction of racism in British society is still largely lacking from British film. However, much of the best in film internationally is currently coming from black British actors. Daniel Kaluuya, Idris Elba, Michaela Cole, Thandie Newton, John Boyega, David Oyelowo and more. These are talents making black history right now and it's fantastic to see.'
Recommended viewing: I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin)
'The eloquent and passionate words of James Baldwin bring vital perspective to the struggles of fighting bigotry and the day to day anxieties of living in a country that doesn't want you.'
For a great pick of films, for all ages, that explore the themes of Black History Month visit IntoFilm.

For times, dates and tickets go to https://www.curzon.org.uk/.


In support of Macmillan Cancer Support the Royal Oak, High Street, Nailsea, Thursday night quiz is back.

Starting Thursday, September 24, from 8pm it costs £2 per person which gives you entry into the quiz and an accumulator game after the quiz where you could be in with a chance of winning a cash prize.

Maximum teams of six people with booking via the Greeneking App.

This is advisable to avoid disappointment as space is limited to keep in line with PubSafe covid-19 guidelines.

Ask a member of Oak team for anymore information.

Landlords Gemma and Craig said; "We hope to see you here."

  • The Club and Spa at Cadbury House Hotel is hosting a coffee morning on Wednesday, September 30, in support of Macmillan Cancer Support...more information to come... 

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FOR AFTERS:  Following the successful government scheme, the Ring O'Bells at St Mary's Grove is running its own. Monday to Friday noon-2pm and 5.30-8pm it is offering a 25 per cent discount on all starters, mains and desserts. On Tuesday nights its popular pizzas will also be included in discount offer. It starts on Monday, September 14, and you can eat in or takeaway. Bookings advised call 01275 790009

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HOPPY BIRTHDAY: Nailsea MicroPub first anniversary party with a pint of Real Ale on Friday and Saturday, September 25-26 3pm-11pm at Unit 4 Ivy Court just off the High Street. Up to eight different cask ales from its favourite breweries. Lots more bottles and cans in our well stocked fridge. Also served are ciders, lagers, craft ales, wine, Prosecco, gin, tonics, rum, whisky, vodka and lots of soft drinks Indoor and outdoor space with marquee.This is a party not to forget  UPDATE: All photos from the first night of the anniversary party are in a slideshow on the Gallery 2020 page. Click HERE to view


Baby gorilla born at zoo

  • UPDATE: The infant western lowland gorilla at Bristol Zoo Gardens has been named Hasani following a public vote. The name, which means ‘handsome’ in Swahili, was one of four choices put to a public poll on the Zoo’s Facebook page, which reached almost 100,000 people and attracted more than 2,000 votes. The youngster is being hand-reared by keepers after he failed to feed well from his mother, Kala, who had been finding looking after him challenging. 


Now three months old and weighing 4.48kg (9.9lbs), Hasani has started teething and his first four teeth have emerged in the last couple of weeks. His development is progressing well and this week he rolled over for the first time.

A baby gorilla has been born at Bristol Zoo Gardens helping to secure the future of this critically endangered species.

The tiny western lowland gorilla arrived in the early hours of on Wednesday morning, August 19) in the Gorilla House at the zoo.

Nine-year-old Kala gave birth naturally, overnight to the infant with dad, Jock, just a few metres away and the rest of the family troop nearby. Keepers arrived this morning to find the little gorilla nestling in its mother’s arms.

Bristol Zoo curator of mammals Lynsey Bugg said: “We are all thrilled.

"There is something very special about seeing a new-born baby gorilla, they are such an iconic and charismatic species.”

She said both Kala, who came to Bristol Zoo from Germany in 2018, and her baby were doing very well.

Lynsey said: “She is being very attentive and taking good care of her baby.

"It’s very early days but we are cautiously optimistic.

"The early signs are good and the baby looks to be a good size and is strong.”

The new gorilla joins a troop of six gorillas at the zoo, which are part of a breeding programme to help safeguard the future of western lowland gorillas.

One of Bristol Zoological Society’s flagship conservation projects focuses on western lowland gorillas in Monte Alén National Park, Equatorial Guinea – an area highlighted by the IUCN as critically important for the conservation of this species.

For more than 20 years The Society has also supported a sanctuary in Cameroon which helps look after orphaned gorillas and chimpanzees.

Gorillas are hunted for their meat and their young are regularly taken and sold as pets, often only to end up abandoned or dying of starvation.

Visitors to the Zoo should be able to see the new gorilla as they pass through the Gorilla House on the Zoo’s new one-way route.

Bristol Zoo Gardens is owned and run by Bristol Zoological Society, which also operates Wild Place Project. It is a conservation and education charity and relies on the generous support of the public not only to fund its important work at Bristol Zoo and Wild Place, but also its vital conservation and research projects across five continents.

In March the Society launched an appeal to ensure the future of its work ‘saving wildlife together’.

The Society, which is a registered charity, launched the BZS Appeal following the temporary closure of both its sites in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.

To find out more, or to make a donation, visit https://bristolzoo.org.uk/bzsappeal.

Visitors to Bristol Zoo are now asked to pre-purchase and members asked to pre-book tickets in advance, online, here https://bristolzoo.org.uk/online-booking.

Film fan on cinema roof

Nailsea People was invited to a rooftop inspection of the work being undertaken at the Curzon cinema, Clevedon, to fix its leaking roof. With no head for heights editor Carol Deacon nominated former Clevedon Mercury reporter and intrepid adventurer Laura Durrant who lives in the town to tackle the task. Reopening is planned for October. Here is what Laura has to say and some of her images are in the slideshow top:


High above the roofs of the shops that make up Clevedon town centre a team of dedicated builders and architects have been hard at work. Corbel, a company that specialises in the restoration of heritage buildings, has been carrying out repairs and renovations on the roof of one of Clevedon’s most loved buildings – The Curzon in Old Church Road.

For more than 108 years the cinema has been at the heart of the town, running through two World Wars, the Spanish flu, and the rise of television and media streaming services. Over the years the roof began to leak, which saw buckets being dotted around to catch the drips. However, the situation reached crisis point at the end of 2018, when water began to come through into the auditorium.

A major fundraising bid was launched to raise £600,000 to repair the roof, and the public responded generously. Along with a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund this total was reached, and work began on the roof on Monday, February 24, with the first three weeks alone being spent on putting up the extensive scaffolding around the building.

Site manager Arthur Murray spoke about the work, saying that a lot of research has gone into the project to keep it as authentic as possible. He said: “The tiles we have used are very close in looks to the original ones. The problem we found with a roof this size is that we needed a reliable source of tiles in case of further repairs in the future.

”Work being carried out includes replacing the decaying timber on the top floor and the replacement of rainwater goods."

All the 12,380 terracotta tiles are also being replaced, and this number will include the tiles from the successful Tag A Tile initiative. The public got behind the campaign, where they were asked to write messages on a tile, to be included in the finished roof. From marking birthdays and anniversaries, to remembering loved ones, more than 750 were tagged. There is still time to get involved and to learn more click HERE.


Repairs to the north side of the roof are taking slightly longer as it is in a worse condition. The south side fared much better, with the exception of one corner, where water was seeping in.

All being well, the work on the roof is expected to be finished by the end of September, ready for the cinema to reopen to the public in October.  Then staff face another challenge, complying with the Covid 19 restrictions and social distancing. As it is something completely new preparations are already underway to adhere to the government guidelines.

Chair of Trustees Hillary Neal said staff were keen to welcome people back. She said: We want to give people the confidence that they can come and see a film knowing that we have followed all the guidelines and advice. We will do whatever is n necessary to be able to open, and we are looking forward to having people back.”

The cinema, which has 320 seats, will be scaled down to 90 to meet social distancing guidelines, and seats will be dotted around in groups of two, four and six, for household bubbles. They are also looking into numbering seats, so people will be given a space to sit, and doing a full deep clean in between each showing.

The Curzon has proven that it can weather any storm, and with the backing and support of the public it will continue to do so for many years to come.

Laura Durrant


PHOTOS: Taken by Peter Burden, Portishead councillor and planning guru, Monday, August 3, 2020


Balloons over North Somerset and Bristol this summer and the nightglow take place online and at Ashton Court.

This is to adhere to government guidelines on social distancing.

This is part of the inaugural Fiesta Flypast taken by Peter Burden which saw iconic balloons airbourne.

People were invited to watch the balloons from the safety of their own doorsteps and gardens.

BBC Radio Bristol will broadcast another lockdown treat, in the form of a virtual nightglow, staged with extra special additions and a soundtrack produced to lift the spirits of the city on Saturday, August 8.

The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta will return to Ashton Court on Thursday–Sunday, August 12-15, 2021


Library re-opens on Monday, August 10

The phased re-opening of library buildings offering limited services in North Somerset begins on Monday, August 3, at Weston with Nailsea following a week later.

Customers will be able to borrow books using self-service facilities and use computers by prior booking at the For All Healthy Living Centre Library in Weston-super-Mare and at Clevedon Library.

Opening hours will be limited, so please check before visiting.

It is planned that Nailsea, Portishead and Yatton libraries will also open for these services from Monday, August 10

The dates for the re-opening of the other libraries in North Somerset will be announced soon. 

The contact-free click and connect service where staff select books for customers to collect at pre-arranged times will continue to be offered by all libraries and the expanded online services, including free eBooks and downloadable eAudio books, will also continue.

North Somerset Council executive member for leisure, culture and tourism Caritas Charles said: "The libraries re-opening in this stage have been chosen to maximise the benefits for our communities, by ensuring a good geographic spread across the area, prioritising sites with higher footfall and targeting localities where unemployment rates are growing and where digital exclusion levels are high.

"As our libraries re-open they will look and feel quite different from the ones that were closed back in March and customers will be asked to follow safety procedures when visiting them." 

Opening hours will be restricted and customers will be encouraged to limit the time they spend in the library.

Staff will not be able to offer face-to-face enquiries or assistance with computers, seating areas will be reduced and there will be no events or activities and no newspapers or reference material available.

Customers will be asked to respect a two-metre distance, sanitise their hands on entry and wear a face covering if possible.

The number of people allowed in the library at any one time will be restricted, so customers may have a short wait before they can enter. 

In addition, libraries will take details of customers to support NHS Test and Trace.

All books on loan at the start of lockdown have been extended until the beginning of September and books can now be returned in drop-boxes at all libraries.

They will then be quarantined for a safe period before other people can borrow them.

More information about the temporary opening hours and the click and collect service can be found at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/librarycollect.

Computer sessions can be booked by contacting the libraries direct.

Contact details and details of services available at other libraries can be found at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/libraries.

More information about online library services, including free eBooks and newspapers and online events and activities, is available at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/onlinelibrary.