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When 10-year-old schoolgirl Enid Steel had the bright idea earlier this year of a Christmas bauble competition she took it to Nailsea Town Council.
Councillors thought it was a great idea and launched the competition this month.
The creative Golden Valley Primary School pupil wants people of all ages to make handmade baubles to decorate a community Christmas tree going up on the village green with a prize for the winner.
All the baubles will be displayed during the December festive period with the winner of the competition receiving a £10 voucher. 
Enid produced a poster to accompany her brilliant idea.
To enter the competition just deliver your beautifully designed Christmas bauble to 65 High Street by Monday, November 20, for the attention of manager Trudy Hollow.
Please attach your name and contact details to your bauble.   
And don' forget in case of rain or snow it should be weatherproof.
The competition will be judged and the winner announced at the end of the deadline week. 
Trudy said: "We are really looking forward to receiving your Christmas baubles and displaying the creativity of Nailsea residents, young and old on the Christmas tree. 
"This tree will showcase your creativity on the Village Green and will make a lovely festive Christmas addition to the town."
And last month Enid's dad James, of Quality Collectables, agreed to sponsor the community Christmas tree where the baubles will be hung. 
Here's hoping one of the baubles becomes a quality collectable!

Artwork: Enid Steel

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Christmas bauble competition for our village green community tree

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TREE TINKETS: Enid and brother Wilf pictured at 65 High Street making some baubles for the community Christmas tree

NEW FOOTIE SESIONS: From reception to Year 7-8 go to Priority Junior Football Coaching website to learn more https://www.priorityfootball.co.uk/

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Priority Football at Nailsea School with Puma camp day too
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Nailsea Town Council community engagement committee welcomed six young people to its October meeting at the Tithe Barn.
Brad, Jasper, Josh, Ben, Anis and Archie also posed for a photo opportunity!
The keen skateboarders were there to ask questions about the skate park lights which weren't coming on in the evening.
The committee agreed to investigate what appears to be a fault with its timeswitch.
A request for the skatepark to be used to provide skateboarding lessons (at a charge) was declined on the grounds:
1.     that the skatepark was intended for free use by all;
2.    because of concerns as to public liability; and 
3.    that an objection had been made by a representative of Nailsea Skatepark Group.

Last summer four directional LED sports lights which were specifically designed for this type of project were installed at the skate park.
The lighting is on timers which should operate from dusk until 8pm to enable use of the park during the winter months, meaning there will still be access to the park after school as the early nights draw in.
This project was been supported by the local police, whose Avon and Somerset Police Community Trust gave £1,000 grant towards the costs.
Nailsea Community Skate Fest should be back to celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2024 when skateboard, scooter and BMX competitions, stalls and activities, and lots to eat and drink will be happening on Millennium Park.

UPDATE: See our Breaking News page for more information and video

Youngsters ask council to switch-on skate park lights

There’s plenty of free or low-cost activities across North Somerset to keep the children entertained this half-term.
North Somerset Council has organised a free fun trail called The Big Recycling Hunt for people of all ages along the Strawberry Line from Yatton Railway Station towards Congresbury. 
The treasure hunt style activity runs until Sunday, October 29.
Those who take part and successfully collect all letters to reveal a hidden phrase can choose to enter a free draw to win a prize including vouchers for Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm, Court Farm Country Park and Simply Green the zero waste shop in Nailsea. 
Lots of free activities and events regularly take place in libraries. 
They are free to join and you can borrow a wide range of books, comics and e-books, as well as joining in the many activities on offer go to https://www.n-somerset.gov.uk/my-services/libraries-leisure-open-spaces/libraries/library-events.

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Making tracks

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SING SONG: Places must be pre-booked click image and follow the link to Sing with Sezzi. No long term commitment, just book into the classes you want to attend to explore the instruments, singing, dancing with scarves and ribbons and for lots of fun!

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Gable Farm, Bristol Road, Wraxall
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Anyone prepared to lend Nailsea Girlguiding a hand

  • Do you have a sense of humour?

  • Do you enjoy working with young people?

  • Are you enthusiastic?

  • Would you like the opportunity to try something new or share skills you already have?

  • Would you like to give something back to your community?

 

Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK.

Thanks to the dedication and support of 100,000 amazing volunteers, we are active in every part of the UK, giving girls and young women a space where they can be themselves, have fun, build brilliant friendships, gain valuable life skills and make a positive difference to their lives and their communities. Girlguiding welcomes volunteers of all backgrounds, ages, cultures, faiths and abilities.

We are flexible,and volunteering can be arranged to fit around a busy lifestyle.

In Nailsea the demand for Girlguiding for our girls has never been greater - we are looking for volunteers for all levels Rainbows (5-7), Brownies (7-10) and Guides (10-14) - particularly Rainbows at the moment.

If you are interested in finding out more clIck HERE.

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TOP TEEN TRIO: Huge congratulations to Amelie, Maya and Roxy who made their debuts for Gloucestershire Under 15s this month. The three girls all started their rugby careers at Nailsea and Backwell RFC, and played key roles in the Gloucestershire win over Oxfordshire. Well done girls! Once a Raven, always a Raven! 

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North Somerset libraries will be joining in the celebrations again this World Book Day, offering the perfect place for everyone to find a book they love.

Children who have not received a £1 World Book Day token at school will be able to collect one from their local library.

Children aged up to four years old will be able to collect a free book at a North Somerset library when they borrow books on their library card.

The council hopes that stock will be delivered to libraries during the week beginning Monday 6 March and will be available until Friday, March 31, or until stocks last.

Libraries will also be celebrating World Book Day during their weekly Rhymetime and Storytime sessions for children under five and their parents or carers. Some of the sessions need to be booked in advance. Book your spot and find out about other library events taking place at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/libraryevents.

To find out more about World Book Day, including the £1 tokens, visit www.worldbookday.com.

Children Reading Together

Books for children

CLASS FOOTIE: Book now for May half term football training at Nailsea School, Mizzymead Road, it costs £21 per day with multi-day discounts available. Divided into different age groups it runs from reception to Year 7. Open from Tuesday to Friday, May 30-June 2. Click image for more details.

YOUR SERVE: Nailsea Lawn Tennis Club is running Easter camps Mondays to Wednesdays, April 3-5, and 10-12, at Mizzymead Recreation Centre. Recommended for ages nine to 16 years.. Skill level: Improver, Intermediate, Beginner with coach Henry Hoult. More information here https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/HenryHoultCoaching/Coaching/Camps or call 0747 712 0071

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EASTER TREATS: From Monday, April 3, Nailsea youngsters can join in with a FREE Children’s Easter Window Trail on Nailsea High Street! The Christmas window trail was so popular that they have decided to hold an Easter trail! Collect your trail map from 65 High Street and find all 12 pictures to win an Easter treat and be entered to win an Easter craft basket! This is a completely free family event will be running until Friday, April 14. 65 High Street is open between 9am-5pm Monday to Thursday and 9am-1pm on Fridays for collection of maps and prizes. You can also drop in to 65 High Street during the Easter school holidays for FREE crafts and spring planting! Come and join in card making, colouring, Easter crafts and even make a grass head or plant a sunflower to take home! There is no need to book - just come along and join us for crafts and refreshments!

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SINGALONG WITH SEZZI Five weeks, 225 minutes of musical joy for just £22? Starts on Wednesday, June 7. What’s not to love! Click link to secure your spot https://sarahdaviesschoolofmusic.com/sing-with-sezzi/ola/services/bumper-pass-5-classes-for-the-price-of-4-wednesday-7th-june-wednesday-5th-july

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Fourteen Year 8s students and a dog from Nailsea and Backwell set off on Saturday morning, May 20, on a 28km walk from Backwell to Weston-super-Mare Pier.

And it looks as it the dog came too!

This has been organised by Leah Eldred and her older brother Dylan to raise money for Aberdyfi Search and Rescue who rescued the pair from Cadar Idris last summer when Leah took a fall.

Dylan said: "Leah had a fall on the way down, tearing a ligament in her ankle.

"There was no way to get down safely, as the mountain is very technical and more injuries would have followed had we tried.

"Thankfully a call to 999 for Aberdyfi Search and Rescue meant a huge team of incredible trained volunteers were already helping Leah down within 45 minutes.

"They all took great care of her and ensured her safety at all times, getting her off the mountain and heading to hospital within two and a half hours and before the sun had gone down too."

Leah made a full recovery and the siblings put this Walk To Weston fundraiser together as their way of sayig a big thank you.

The search and rescue team who provide a 24 hours a day, 365 days a year in wild and remote locations of south Snowdonia are all volunteers and do an amazing job.

Leah and Dylan with with help from mum Stephanie set up a https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/walk-to-weston crowd funding page and at the end of the day a marvellous £1,476 was donated.

There are lots more photos on the Just Giving page.

Stephanie said: "The team arrived at the pier hot and bothered and with feet are hurting but very pleased with their walk and grateful for the donations."

Young people fundraise for Welsh mountain rescue team

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MAY DAY: 2nd Nailsea Scouts second open day at its Hannah More Road HQ was on bank holiday Monday, May 1. Local businesses donated fantastic raffle prizes and delicious cakes and refreshments went on sale outside the busy barbecue tent. There were lots of fun stalls, music, face-painting and a coconut shy. It was a great family event. Other stalls attending included Blood Bikes, RNLI and Holly Hedge animal sanctuary. The fair was primarily to raise monies to support the young people who attend Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers. Steve Webb said: "We would like to thank everyone who came along to support especially all the businesses who kindly donated raffle prize."

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FOOTIE FUN: The summer holiday sessions begin on Monday, July 24., at Nailsea School, Mizzymead Road. Priority Football Camps return for 25 exciting days of football over the holidays running until Friday, August 25 for reception aged youngsters up until  – Year 7. Each day is packed with engaging and unique games for children of all ability levels, planned to make sure that they stay active and have as much fun as possible. The camps are divided into age appropriate groups with age specific games planned to make the most of each day. To learn more go to https://www.priorityfootball.co.uk/holidaycamps/

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BEARS 3 DAY PLAYER DEVELOPMENT CAMP NAILSEA & BACKWELL RFC

Mixed aged group 8-13

Wednesday to Friday, August 23- 25

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Tuneful Tigers is running a summer music festival for preschool children.

The three-week special also welcomes older siblings for free.

Starting on  Tuesday, August 15, at Nailsea Methodist Centre:

  • 10am mixed aged, walking toddlers to four years

  • 11am Cuddly Cubs birth to walking

  • noon mixed aged, walking toddlers to four years

The three-week term ticket costs £21.00 for all three dates with preschool siblings 50 per cent off at £10.50.

Book online here https://bookwhen.com/tunefultigers

For young people who like making music

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