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What was on 2022

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AND MORE...

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 ROYAL OAK, HIGH STREET, NAILSEA  

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QUESTION TIME(S):

  • Join Coates House for its fun Sunday night quiz starting at 7pm! £1 per person to enter, winner takes all! Minimum one, maximum six per team. Food served until 9pm

  • Moorend Spout quiz nights are on Monday

  • Ring O'Bells host quizzes on Monday nights, teams of four £10.  

  • Backwell Village Club monthly quiz is on Tuesdays

  • Nailsea MicroPub holds regular monthly quiz nights - maximum of four per team

  • The White Lion at Silver Street quiz night is on Wednesdays starting at 7.30pm

  • The Sawyers weekly quiz is on Thursday nights at 8pm. 

  • The Royal Oak hosts a weekly quiz on Thursday nights ​

BINGO:

  • Back at the Nailsea Social Club fortnightly on Sundays arrive by 5.30pm for 6pm prompt start

  • Monday nights at Ring O' Bells, must be pre-booked, ask at bar

  • Moorend Spout bingo AND quiz on Monday nights

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PLAY ME: Sweet Caroline the World Cup anthem will reverberate around the bar for a Neil Diamond tribute night, the new year's eve entertainment at Mizzymead Recreation Club. The limited tickets event is  £10 for members and  £15 for non members

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Nailsea lions on winter float

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Father Christmas on his float in going on tour of  Nailsea, Backwell and Long Ashton.
He can't wait to see children of all ages and receive their Christmas present list.
Take a note of the date and time in December when he'll be in your area and don't forget to give him a big wave!

  • Thursday 1st, 6-8pm Trendlewood Way area, (Queens Road end)

  • Monday 5th, 6-8pm - Engine Lane area

  • Tuesday 6th, 6-8pm - Ridgeway/Whitesfield Road area

  • Wednesday 7th, 6-8pm - Eastway and Westway area

  • Thursday 8th, 6-8pm - The Elms

  • Friday 9th, 6-8pm - Trendlewood Way area, (Bibury Close)

  • Saturday and Sunday, 10-11th - outside Tesco supermarket​

  • Monday 12th, 6-8pm - Causeway View area

  • Tuesday 13th, 6-8pm - Backwell, Station Road area

  • Wednesday 14th, 6-8pm - Greenfield Crescent area

  • Thursday 15th, 6-8pm - Backwell, Karen Drive area

  • Friday 16th, 6-8pm - Long Ashton area

  • ​Saturday and Sunday, 17-18th - outside Waitrose supermarket

  • Monday 19th, 6-8pm - Hannah More Road area

  • Tuesday 20th, 6-8pm - The Perrings area yippee that's me!

  • Wednesday 21st, 6-8pm - Porlock Gardens/Mizzymead area

More information here and how to donate here http://lionsclubs.co.uk/.

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NEW HOME: Next summer Nailsea library will be moving to the former HSBC shop unit in Colliers Walk. Staff at the iconic building as Somerset Square have prepared a Q&A factsheet for borrowers. Download HERE

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FAB-U-LOUS: Read the fantastic Nailsea People review written by Trudi Bird who went on press night with her excited family HERE

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Christmas craft sessions

Nailsea Town Council community wellbeing officer Jess Brown has planned some festive fun for young people based at 65 High Street.
Jess is inviting children to fun free Christmas craft sessions and to take part in a shop window trail.
She said: "For the Christmas craft sessions we have spaces on 10am-noon on Monday, December 12, and again 1-3pm on Monday, December 19."
As well as the craft activities there will be free hot drinks, squash and festive treats
The first Monday morning will be aimed towards pre-school age children and the later Monday afternoon  will be aimed at primary age children, but younger siblings are welcome.
Email wellbeing@nailseatowncouncil.gov.uk with the date, number of adults and children and any dietary requirements to reserve your space.
Please note that due to space restrictions we ask that everyone who is planning to attend to pre-book.
Jess added: "We can't wait to welcome you for Christmas craftings."
And from Monday, December 12, there is a Children’s Christmas Window Trail on Nailsea High Street.
Collect your Christmas trail map from 65 High Street and find all 15 pictures and letters in the high street windows to win a festive treat.
Once you have completed the map come back to 65 High Street to collect your treat!
This is a completely free family event that will be running until Friday, December 23.
65 High Street is open 9am-5pm Monday to Thursday and 9am-1pm on Fridays.
The trail is a perfect afterschool or Christmas holiday activity!

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Invitation to go on Winter Wanderland

Youngsters from Golden Valley Primary School have devised a festive trail around Nailsea spotting decorated Christmas windows.

Put together by Year 6 members of the School Council the pupils would like to share this with the wider community and invite families to take part.

Called a Window Wanderland you can download a list of addresses and a map to guide you around HERE.

There are a total of 26 windows to view.

Some of the addresses are a little spread out so all good exercise of those who have eaten too much Christmas cheer during the school holidays.

The Window Wanderland runs from Monday, December 19, and over the Christmas period.

Headteacher Kevin Lynch said: “The children hope you will enjoy taking part.”

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Church warden Lindsay Hutchinson said: "Look out for gardens in Trendlewood decorated with stars to pubicise this great family event and entertain the children in the run-up for Christmas,"

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CHRISTMAS TEA PARTY: For those on their own or maybe feeling lonely this Christmas, why not go along for a bit of festive cheer. Call Lynda on 01275 853495 or email lyndadicks123@gmail.com

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Very special FREE event for Ukrainian families living locally to celebrate Christmas. Ukrainian carols, circle dancing with live music and Svyatyy Mykolay (St Nicholas)

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Nailsea farmers' December market

The last Somerset Farmers' Market of 2022 is a festive treat from 9am-1pm, on Saturday, December 17.

With more than 40 stalls, the Salvation Army Band playing traditional Christmas carols and Father Christmas making a flying visit - wow!
Nailsea & Backwell Lions Club will be selling tickets for its charity Christmas hamper draw at the top end of the market and its official Santa Sleigh is parked outside Waitrose store.
On a more serious note a UK-wide organisation supporting mens' mental well-being Talk Club is coming to the market and will be set up outside of Number 85 The Barber Shop.
There is a Nailsea branch and you can get more information here https://talkclub.org/.
The main stars of our Christmas show are always our farmers, food and drink producers and the arts & crafts people.
Somerset Farmers Markets organiser Louise Hall said: "We would like to thank you all for the support given to the Nailsea Farmers Market and wish you a Happy Christmas and we look forward to seeing you all again in March 2023."

Its early doors at Nailsea MicroPub which will be open from 10am-11pm and upstairs at The Courtyard it's the last fabric pop up shop of 2022 with lots  of new fabrics and a sale section.

More herehttps://www.sewscrumptious.co.uk/


STALLS include:

  • Bath Soft Cheese award-winning farmhouse cheese makers including Bath Blue

  • Barleywood Kitchen Garden organically grown vegetables and salad from Wrington

  • Bee Sweet chocolate fudge as you've never experienced it plus individual cheesecakes

  • Catherines Free Range Eggs- despite the Avian flu situation her chickens are well looked after and given the space they need

  • Chew Valley Gin perfect Christmas pressies from the best gin distillery around and even an alcohol-free version

  • Demilles Botanicals plant-based soaps plus a CBD range great gifts

  • Dickies Pies award-winning curried pies

  • Feast Circle authentic Middle Eastern food created by Chef Tariq with recipes from his native Jordan

  • Go Wild Preserves jams and the like with a contemporary twist, gift packs on sale

  • Glastonbury Ferments

  • Incredible Brewing Company the Bristol based microbrewery with a range of handcrafted brews

  • Janes Flower Pots bringing seasonal colour all year round, some beautiful winter arrangements in baskets

  • Nailsea Cider collecting apples from local orchards to create a truly Nailsea taste

  • Nailsea Country Markets locally made sweet & savoury bakeds goods and preserves

  • Nutts Scotch Eggs award-winning multi flavoured Scotch eggs and pies

  • Peregrine Plants certified organic plant nursery with seasonal Christmas bulbs, wreaths, packets of seeds and paper whites

  • Robert Hawker Venison high quality wild venison, ethically managed and traceable

  • Real Pork saddleback rare breed pork reared slowly to produce a great flavour and a range of pork cuts and products

  • Seafoods award-winning fishmonger from Burnham -o- Sea with a huge selection

  • Somerset Charcuterie products using Italian & Spanish methods with Somerset free range rare breed pork

  • Somerset Cheese Company award-winning artisan cheesemakers using local milk from cows, goats, sheep and buffalo

  • Somerset Orchard Garden hot mulled apple juice on the day plus seasonal flowers

  • The Sausage Shed award-winning range of sausages made by Ivan using local welfare friendly meats

  • The Great Cake Company delicious and gluten free tray bakes, cakes, and scones plus a couple of dairy free options

  • Times Past Cheese a huge variety of unique flavoured cheddars

  • Timmys Chillies fruity based jellies and marmalades with a chilli kick

  • Wesley Cottage master beekeeper Lyn Ingram with a range of her own honey and beeswax related products and beekeeping advice & wisdom

  • Whitegate Apple Juice plus pear juice, apple cider vinegar and cider

  • Whites of Wick home produced Aberdeen Angus beef fed on grass and 100% home grown forage all cuts available and pre-orders welcome

  • Winnies Bakery come early for the full selection of baked goods from sourdough to lardy cake and mince pies

ARTS & CRAFTS

  • Bristol Woodturning useful and ornamental items made by Colin

  • Colour Me Designs- jewellery

  • Clevedon Bag Company colourful fabric handmade items

  • Dragon Fly Jewellery and fused glass products

  • Granny Bear Crafts handmade children and baby clothes

  • Jennys Crafts range of knitted goods, cards and craft

  • Mendip Potters slip cast stoneware functional and ornamental ceramics

  • Modern Industrial Furniture using steel and wood practical and ornamental handmade items

  • Yeti Cards And Designs by talented illustrator Shelley reproduced on lots of things from tea towels to coasters

More information here www.somersetfarmersmarkets.co.uk

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Rotary whist dates
Tithe Barn, Nailsea

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In the past two years, Rotary Nailsea and Backwell have developed a series of whist drives which take place in the autumn and winter.

The initiative has enjoyed some success and has proved a useful antidote to COVID restrictions.
The next Rotary whist drives are on Thursdays:

  • September 15; DONE

  • October 20; DONE

  • November 17; DONE and

  • December 15.

All are at the Tithe Barn, Nailsea 2-5pm.

A modest fee of £3 is charged and this includes a cup of tea or coffee and home-made cake!
So, if you’re looking for something to lift the winter blues, why not come along, bring a friend and enjoy some relaxing activity with like-minded people.
Just turn up on any or all of those dates and be assured of a warm and welcoming reception.

Invitations from Nailsea care home

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Argentum Lodge is a  friendly and caring home for the elderly at 81 Silver Street, Nailsea, which welcomes the involvement of the community.

On Friday afternoon, December 2, they hosted an Elf Day with festive food, music and entertainment to raise money for the Alzheimer's Association and would love people to pop in and/or contribute raffle prizes.

North Somerset MP Liam Fox will be doing just that from noon on Friday, December 16, for a similar Winter Celebration event.

Emergency service personnel and business people would be very welcome too at well as Nailsea people.

The Halloween Celebration on Monday afternoon on October 31 was a great success with great food and 'pumpkin' carving contest. 

Activities coordinator Lisa Pletts asked anyone hoping to go along to any event or able to support;/help in any way to make contact.

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Christmas Murder Mystery at Cadbury House Hotel

The Christmas Murder Mystery at Cadbury House Hotel is on Wednesday evening, December 14.

The cost is £45 per person and this is the story so far...

Christmas 1937 and everyone looked forward to the annual Snowflake Ball at Lodge House, even in these troubled times.

When viewed from the end of the drive, Lodge House was a blaze of light and warmth against the stark whiteness of the deep snow that lay all in every direction as far as the eye could see.

When viewed from halfway along the drive, Lodge House was an oasis in the winter’s night, an oasis known for singing and dancing and Christmas cheer.

There is no finer and friendlier place to be on this cold winter’s night when viewed outside the enormous front door.

But when viewed from inside the heart of one person who stood amongst the merry throng who had gathered at Lodge House, this was to be a place of dark thoughts, of revenge, and Murder.

Sometimes things are not what they appear.

To book and view full menu go to go https://www.cadburyhotelbristol.co.uk/christmas-murder-mystery

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Natt Davis plays

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CHRISTMAS ORATORIO: On Saturday evening, December 10, Nailsea Choral Society will combine with distinguished guest soloists and Charivari Agréable Baroque Orchestra for a thrilling performance of Bach's Christmas Oratorio.The Christmas Oratorio by Johann Sebastian Bach intended for performance in church during the Christmas season. It was written for the Christmas season of 1734 and incorporates music from earlier compositions, including three secular cantatas written during 1733 and 1734 and a largely lost church cantata, BWV 248a. The date is confirmed in Bach's autograph manuscript. The next complete public performance was not until 17 December 1857 by the Sing-Akademie zu Berlin under Eduard Grell. The Christmas Oratorio is a particularly sophisticated example of parody music. The author of the text is unknown, although a likely collaborator was Christian Friedrich Henrici (Picander). The evening starts at 7pm at Nailsea Methodist Church, Silver Street. Tickets: £8-£15 from www.nailseachoral.org.uk

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Christmas show at Nailsea Little Theatre

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Youngstersand those young at heart can look forward to a flying start to the festive season this year at Nailsea Little Theatre.

The Union Street venue is playing host to the professionals of Folksy Theatre as they return with one of their adaptations of timeless children’s classics – and it couldn’t be more Christmassy.

On Sunday, December 11, they’ll be giving two performances of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol – at 2pm and then 5pm.

Scrooge is a mean old miser, who hates Christmas.

But one fateful Christmas Eve, he is taken on a journey by three spirits, who show him his past, present—and the future he faces if he continues on his path.

Will Scrooge change his ways and find his Christmas spirit?

This magical production (filled with live music, puppetry and multimedia) is a family Christmas show not to be missed!

Tickets are now on sale on 0777 298 1037 at £12 for adults and £8 for children.

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Hug a Christmas tree

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Christmas trees are on sale in Nailsea at our supermarkets and other retail outlets including Aaron’s Pets.

Nailsea School PTA is taking orders up until 5pm on Friday, November 25 for collection on Saturday, December 3.

Christmas trees grown in Wraxall go on sale from Saturday, November 26, at Noah’s Ark zoo farm.

Triggols Farm is having a special sale 4-9pm on Thursday, December 1, with hot beverages served in the barn.

1st Backwell Scouts will be selling Christmas trees on Saturdays, December 3 and 10 in the forecourt of The Rising Sun.

This is a fundraising event for the troop.

Nailsea Patio Supplies has freshly cut locally grown Nordman non drop Christmas trees on sale.

Choose your own and take it away fully wrapped.

Special delivery rates available.

Recycle it after Christmas by returning to centre and they will put it through a chipper for small donation to charity.

S&R Burchills have trees to order for delivery online here https://www.burchills.co.uk/  or from the forecourt outside |Nailsea Barbers. 

A Christmas tree is a decorated tree, usually an evergreen conifer or an artificial tree of similar appearance originated from Germany where it is associated with Saint Boniface.

The custom was developed in medieval Livonia now called Estonia and Latvia.

Although the tradition of decorating churches and homes with evergreens at Christmas was long established, the custom of decorating an entire small tree was unknown in Britain until some two centuries ago.

The German-born Queen Charlotte introduced a Christmas tree at a party she gave for children in 1800.

The custom did not at first spread much beyond the royal family.

Queen Victoria as a child was familiar with it and a tree was placed in her room every Christmas. In her journal for Christmas Eve 1832, the delighted 13-year-old princess wrote: ‘After dinner ... we then went into the drawing room near the dining room ... There were two large round tables on which were placed two trees hung with lights and sugar ornaments. All the presents being placed round the trees ...’

Her husband Prince Albert is credited with making a festive decorated tree more popular.

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Festive florist workshops

Make your own festive wreath at numerous workshops in Nailsea and nearby – here are three. Updated to four now.

Noah’s Ark wreath making workshop on Wednesday, November 30, costs £50 and includes lunch.

Go to https://www.noahsarkzoofarm.co.uk/events/christmas-noahs-ark for more details.

Starting at 10.30am arrive at Noah's Ark Zoo Farm where you will be welcomed into the Food Barn for a hot drink.

Then the Farm Shop team and professional florist Pam Brookes lead you through a wreath making workshop where you will make your own to take home.

Following the crafting is a light lunch of seasonal soup and farm kitchen sandwich, you will be then welcome to have a walk around the zoo before closing time at 4pm.

Flower Bee florist Jenn Pera is running workshops and has some spaces.

The first with space is on Saturday, December 3, 2-4.30pm at the Tithe Barn and then on Tuesday, December 6.30-9pm at Christ Church.

Book via Facebook page and receive a confirmation email with all the details.

On Saturday and Sunday, December 3 and 4, there is a Christmas treat at the Tithe Barn in Nailsea making wreaths and other festive goodies with two-course lunch and other refreshments included.

This is a bit of a craft and chocolate masterclass and costs £165.

For more details and to book go to https://www.thechocolatetart.co.uk/.

On Monday, December 6, at 6.30pm WOWSA the PTA of Hannah More infant and Grove junior schools host a wreath making workshop.

It costs £60 and includes mulled wine and mincepies.

Nailsea School Christmas wreath making workshop is at 7pm on Tuesday, December 6.

It costs £20 and as an alternative you can make a table decoration instead.

See poster for more details.

Friends of Wraxall School is running two wreath making workshop see poster for events on Wednesday, and Friday, December 7 and 9.

Nailsea Social Club has booked a florist to help on Sunday evening, December 11.

The costs is £35 per person but you must book and pay by Thursday, December 1 via its official Facebook page.

The evening starts at 6pm and will last approximately two hours.

All members and guests welcome.

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STREET FEST: Unfortunately Mulberry Junction had to postpone as singer caught nasty winter bug - but they will be back. See photos from eat:Nailsea HERE

Tats and cats with Welsh 'neo-folk' Calan

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ROLL UP: Nearly 100 food and drink stalls, live band at MicroPub and campaigning group Change Nailsea in empty Somerset Square shop unit all happening in Nailsea town centre this weekend, Nailsea Musicals will also be promoting its next production the Little Mermaid at what could be the last eat:festival in Nailsea...

It's tats on tour when award-winning Welsh neo-folk band Calan barnstorm Nailsea Tithe Barn on Friday, December 2.

Lead singer Bethan Rhiannon has her pet cat Chelsea tattooed on the side of her body so that the female feline, which features on the band's Facebook page, is a presence at every concert.
The innovative and thrilling ‘neo-folk’ band who reinvent traditional tunes into blistering, anthemic modern masterpieces, has a history with tattoos. 
They commissioned celebrated tattoo artist Rachel Holmes to create a T-shirt to promote their stunning 2015 album A Tale of Two Dragons and the original black-on-white design is now a highly sought-after collectors’ item.
Calan’s guitar virtuoso Sam Humphreys has a tattoo across his arm and elbow based on the resonant frequency of his tinnitus condition. 
The band’s fiddle maestro Patrick Rimes has a dragon tattoo on his bottom because he lost a bet or, as he describes it, 'I’ve ended up with a tail of one dragon'.
Calan, whose celebrity fans include Sting and Sir Bryn Terfel, will appear at the Tithe Barn as part of their triumphant autumn 2022 international tour.
Sam said: "This must be one of the most unique, intimate and atmospheric venues in the country and it’s a huge achievement by all those who brought it back to life.”
The band will be showcasing music from their latest, critically acclaimed album Kistvaen along with favourites from their huge back-catalogue.


The authoritative arts magazine From The Margins says: 'They take traditional music and beat it into exciting, unfamiliar shapes…Kistvaen is a kinetic ride, dense with delight, thrills, twists and turns'


Expect a mix of intricate, brilliant musicianship welded to foot-stamping, crowd-pleasing songs. 


This year’s Tredegar House Folk Festival, Wales’ biggest spring festival, described the band as 'more than folk, mightier than rock, joyous as the best song you’ve ever heard'


Calan arrives for the Nailsea Folk Club gig  just weeks after returning to Wales and unpacking their instruments following a tour of America’s east coast. 

​​Dates included New York’s World Music Institute and a big concert in Charleston, West Virginia, with the prestigious West Virginia Symphony Orchestra where they reprised their stunning indie-classical crossover creation – a suite of five compositions inspired by collections of traditionaL

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songs and tunes at the National Library of Wales. 
They first performed the work with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales to overwhelming acclaim in a concert at Cardiff’s St David’s Hall.
Bethan added: “Some of our most important pieces come from research into historic and traditional texts. 
“That’s why it’s lovely to come to places like this, areas steeped in history.
“The nights are getting longer and darker - in fact, one of the songs on our Kistvaen album is called As The Night Closes In - but let’s make this gig a real beacon of light in troubled times.”
Tickets £17.50 plus  booking fee from https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/nailsea-folk-club.

 

PHOTO: Calan colour portrait © Richard P Walton 2022

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Festival is all-singing, all-dancing and more

Nailsea Festival of Music is back.

With classes for singing, piano, and speech & drama the annual event stalled during Covid but for 2022 will be at Nailsea School on Saturday, November 26.

The syllabus is on its website from June and the closing date for entries Saturday, October 15.

Spokesman Marianne Kent said: "We are deighted to announce that we will be returning to a live festival this November at Nailsea School."

Entries are now open, and details of the classes and online entry are available here www.nfom.org.uk.

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Ethiopian food at fundraiser social

North Somerset Green Party councillor Bridget Petty has organised a fundraising evening of Ethiopian food and drink for Saturday, November 19 at Backwell Parish Hall.

The evening runs from 7.30-10.30pm and being served will be a spicy mix of stews - some hot, some mild - all served on a fermented pancake called injera.

It’s generally eaten with your hands but cutlery will be available.

All main course dishes will be vegan.

The food is served on one large platter enough for six people.
There will be a cash bar with alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks.
Bridget spent time in Ethiopia and is happy to talk about her connection to the African country following in her grandmother Ruth Plant’s footsteps, who was a North Somerset resident and began journeying to Ethiopia in the 1960s.
There will be a raffle raising money for a small charity called For Ethiopia and other fundraising will be to support Green Party candidates in the 2023 elections.

Everyone welcome.
Tickets £12.00 from https://www.eventbrite.com/e/438988324897.
Bridget will be cooking many of the dishes herself or locally so ticket sales will close five days before on Monday, November 14, to ensure correct food quantities are prepared.

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Back with his band

Musician and songwriter Gerry Colvin returns with his band to the Tithe Barn, Nailsea, on Saturday evening, November 19. 
In the early 1980s he co-founded and fronted the legendary John Peel favourite skiffle-cowpunk indie outfit Terry & Gerry. 
This seminal band toured Europe and the US and appeared on countless radio and TV shows including The Tube and The Old Grey Whistle Test. 
Their five singles and album all reached No.1 in the indie charts. 
In the early 1990s Gerry worked in Nashville as a professional songwriter and back in the UK collaborated with Alison Moyet, co-writing on an album project. He also penned numerous TV themes, three musicals, two film scores and wrote and presented for BBC Radio 2. 
In 1995 Gerry co-founded the five piece folk band Colvinquarmby. 
They released six critically acclaimed albums and were voted best band at the prestigious Fairport Convention Cropredy Festival in 2009. 
In 2010 they won the Hancock Award for Best Live Folk Act. 
They were invited back for Cropredy's 50th anniversary in 2017 and were feted with standing ovations. 
The Gerry Colvin Band are Gerry Colvin (guitar) Jerome Davies (double Bass) Trish Power (accordion) Michael Keelan (fiddle) and Lyndon Webb (guitar).

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Tickets for the Nailsea Folk Club gig are £15 plus booking fee from https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/nailsea-folk-club

Tap Shoes

TIP TAP: Michelle Bedford Dance Studios has started rehearsals in early summer for Children In Need 2022 Tapathon. Young people aged four plus can get involved if they sign-up to one of the classes. More information on our Performing Peeps page HERE

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Violinists acoustic church performance

No microphones, just two musicians and their two violins returnimg to the beautiful acoustics of All Saints church, Wraxall.
In this concert, Declan and John will be going where classical music meets English and Irish folk.
Wraxall church invited its audience to join them for a welcome refreshment from 7.30, for an 8pm performance.
Please email friendsofwraxall@gmail.com to reserve tickets, at £20pp.
Proceeds from the event are going to Friends of Wraxall School Association (FWSA).
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Declan Daly was born in Co. Monaghan, Ireland and was awarded scholarships to study violin and piano at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin, Guildhall School of Music, London, Royal Northern College of Music and the Utrecht Conservatoire of music in the Netherlands. He has performed chamber music with the Dante Quartet and with world class Orchestras including the BBC Symphony, the LSO, the Philharmonia and London Philharmonic Orchestra with whom he recorded The Lord of the Rings soundtrack. Other soundtrack work includes Hans Zimmer’s Da Vinci Code, Ridley Scott’s Kingdom of Heaven and the Harry Potter game series. A keen improvisor and folk fiddler, he has also performed concerts with Ravi Shankar, Bono from U2 and John Sheahan from the Dubliners. Recently relocated to the West Country, Declan is a member and trustee of the Bath Philharmonia Orchestra and performs with the Bristol Ensemble and BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

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John Matthias is an award-winning musician and composer. He has released seven albums via Accidental, Ninja Tune, Nonclassical, Village Green, Sony and Welfare State. He has collaborated with many artists including Radiohead (The Bends) and Coldcut (Man in a Garage) and has had his music remixed by many artists including Thom Yorke, Matthew Herbert and Jem Finer (The Pogues). In 2008 he was the co-winner of the UK PRS Foundation New Music Award (The ‘Turner Prize for Music’) for the neurological sonic installation, ‘The Fragmented Orchestra’ which led to the development of the Neurogranular Sampler software and the ‘Plasticity’ sound installation at the BFI and Google Campus Building, London. He has performed his music Internationally at many venues including The Royal Opera House (London), The Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris) and Le Poisson Rouge (New York City). He has contributed music to 12 feature film scores and written several works for dance theatre including collaborations with Rambert, Company Chameleon and Exim contemporary dance companies.

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PUB BLUES: Nailsea jazz musician Ben Waghorn plays The Sawyers Arms on Sunday, November 13, 3-6pm

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CRAFT FAIR: Handmade wooden bowls and knitted socks made by retired French teacher Irene Randow are among the items on sale at the historic St Bridget's Church in Chelvey, Brockley, weekend arts and craft charity sale. It is a good opporutnity to explore the ancient building which in parts dates from the 12th century, and has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade I listed. The church is dedicated to the Irish saint Brigid of Kildare. The building includes a Norman south doorway and the octagonal font

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BVA is at 12 Backwell Hill Road, Backwell.

Its opening times are:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 3-11pm

Friday, Saturday and Sunday noon-11.30pm

For more details:

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FIREWORK NIGHT: On Saturday, November 5, 5.30-8.30pm at Nailsea & Backwell RFC. They are looking for stall holders to sell on the evening in the marquee, £10 per stall of two tables. Interested? No cooked food, sweets or light up toys. Photos from 2021 when it rained, a lot

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