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Nailsea school holiday Wacky Wednesdays

Throughout the school summer holidays Crown Glass Shopping Centre has a programme of children’s entertainment on Wednesdays.

The free Wacky Wednesdays has everything from magic to juggling, arts and crafts to invention and gadgetry.

  • On Wednesday, August 2, the children will be all at sea when the Puppetree Theatre Company entertain young buccaneers with their Yo Ho Ho pirate puppet show at 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm;

  • On Wednesday, August 9, youngsters will be transported to the Far East with Jaardu, the Magic of India. Jaardu presents a combination of traditional Indian magic with the comedy and interaction of contemporary street performance;

  • On Wednesday, August 16, at noon and 2pm Thingamabob is presented by Matt Pang who uses circus, invention and comedy to bring gadgetry to life;

  • On Wednesday, August 23, it is the turn of The Crockery Juggling Show with Ian Marchant. Vintage crockery, tea trays and spoons are put to their paces in this feast of comedy showmanship at 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm; and

  • On Wednesday, August 30, from 11am-3pm Under the Sea Crafts get creative aquatic artworks.​

Shopping centre manager Rob Stokell said: "Wacky Wednesdays are now an established fixture in the shopping centre’s calendar and the children automatically turn up on holiday Wednesdays, knowing that they can enjoy some excellent entertainment.

“We have a full and exciting programme of children’s entertainment this summer and hope that local families will come and join in the fun.

“As well as the entertainment, our Bumble Bee mascot – Honeysuckle, will be buzzing around, getting involved with the entertainment and meeting her young fans."

Please note the children’s entertainments are not supervised playschemes and parents and guardians are invited to stay with their children and join in the fun.


PHOTO: Top © Luka Dakskobler

Victorian 'play away' through gothic window

Families are encouraged to ‘play like Victorians’ this August by the National Trust team at Tyntesfield, near Bristol, with a series of outdoor and indoor activities taking place across the Victorian estate.

The activities have been inspired by the lives of the Gibbs family who lived at Tyntesfield for four generations; beginning with William Gibbs who moved his family to the estate in the 1860s after making his fortune in the guano business.

National Trust Bristol portfolio learning and engagement officer Rachel Greeves said: "It’s great to be able to have fun exploring the history of Tyntesfield and its Victorian routes with families, tthere’s a real legacy of exploration and adventure through the Gibbs family’s travels across the world and we’re looking forward to sharing this with Tyntesfield’s visitors."

For budding Victorian explorers there are bookable outdoor activities in the woodland of the estate, with both full day ‘summer training camp’ sessions for children aged seven to 12-years and two hour ‘summer woodland adventure’ sessions for under sevens and their families.

Attendees can expect to get outdoors and explore the natural environment, as well as trying their hands at natural crafts. Inspired by the Gibbs family’s nautical connections, the activities will include creating and printing flags, designing and racing boats and practicing wayfinding with orienteering through the trees.

In the boudoir of Tyntesfield’s Victorian Gothic Grade 1 listed house, visitors are encouraged to have a go at Victorian pastimes and games.

With the option of dressing in Victorian costume visitors can play a range of classic games including dominoes, zoetrope and bagatelle - the historic inspiration for the modern pinball game.

The launch of all of the activities at Tyntesfield is on Wednesday, August 2 in celebration of Playday, the national day for play in the UK which celebrates its thirtieth birthday this year. The activities will run through the month of August.

Spaces on outdoor activity days are limited, so booking is essential.

For more information click HERE.

Children in North Somerset are being encouraged to sign up to read six books this summer as part of Animal Agents, the Summer Reading Challenge 2017.

Animal Agents launches in libraries across North Somerset until Saturday, September 9.

The Summer Reading Challenge asks four to 11-year-olds to borrow and read any six library books during the summer holidays, a time when children’s literacy skills traditionally dip.

This year’s theme Animal Agents is based on a detective agency staffed by all kinds of clever animals – furry, scaly and slippery – who are out to crack a case at the library with a little help from their friends.

Tony Ross, the UK’s best-selling children’s illustrator, has created this year’s exclusive artwork.

To take part in Animal Agents, all children need to do is to head to their local library where they will be given a collector folder to keep a record of their reading journey.

If you’re not already a member of your library, joining is easy and free – just ask your parent or carer to take you along.

As children read at least six library books over the summer, they collect stickers which will help them crack the clues and help the Animal Agents find out what’s really been going on behind the scenes!

Every child who reads six books and completes the challenge receives a certificate and medal and will be entered into a prize draw to win tickets for selected films at the Curzon Cinema in Clevedon.

Libraries will have staff and volunteers on hand to help children choose books they will really enjoy.

Research shows that children who take part in the challenge return to school after the summer break as more fluent, confident and happy readers.

North Somerset Council executive member responsible for the library service Felicity Baker said: "Parents and carers love the annual challenge organised by The Reading Agency charity and public libraries.

“Not only is it fun and free, it helps children maintain their reading skills over the summer.

"Nearly 4,000 children joined the challenge in North Somerset libraries last year and we’re hoping even more will take part this year.”

At the launch on Saturday children at Clevedon Library are invited to join in a pavement graffiti session in the staff car park in front of the library from 10am to noon.

Other events and activities are planned at libraries over the school holidays to celebrate the Summer Reading Challenge.

Just contact your local library or go to to find out how to take part.

Badge building

2nd Nailsea Scouts Sioux Troop assembled bird tables and sold them to friends, family and at the May fair where they also ran a plant sale and chocolate game all in aid of Royal Mencap Society.

This was part of their community challenge badge. 

A marvellous £246.86 profit has been donated to Mencap.

2nd Nailsea Scouts has places for boys and girls in beavers aged 6-8, cubs aged 8-10 scouts aged 10-14 and Explorer Scouts aged 14-18.

Anyone interested in joining the Scouting adventure and making new friends contact Group Scout Leader (GSL) Ann Parker by emailing

Taster sessions are available.

WOODLAND PLAY: A summer forest school runs from 9.15am-3.30pm at a wood near Nailsea with pick-ups from Tickenham Village Hall.

The dates are:

Mondays and Tuesdays July 24-25; July 31-August 1; August 7-8 and August 14-15.
Children should bring a packed lunch.
Activities include fire building, den-making, woodland craft, archery, rope walking, foraging, pizza cooking, natural sculpture and many wondrous games!
For further information consult the Facebook page for Forest School of Nailsea or call 0744 999 6762.

Tuesday morning time for free play

A programme of free activities for children is at The Meeting Point at Backwell Parish Hall every Tuesday during the summer from 10am-noon.

The first session is on Tuesday, July 25, with story and singing with Kirsty.

The Meeting Point is a community initiative, started by a group of Christians in Backwell.

For more information contact click HERE, email or call Vicky on 01275 462510.

Bristol Zoo summer courses

Fancy finding out what goes on behind the scenes at Bristol Zoo? 

Well now is your chance.

During the school summer holidays Bristol Zoo is holding special two day courses for youngsters aged eight to 12 who want to know more about what it takes to run a Zoo.

The courses are in July and August at the conservation and education centre and are called zoo conservation academies.

They will give children the opportunity to find out about working with animals and protecting wildlife.

Youngsters will discover how the zoo manages the health of animals, how to design an enclosure and what it takes to be an animal keeper.

They will also learn how the animals are kept busy, why the zoo studies animals in the wild and how they can get involved and help endangered species.

Bristol Zoo education manager Dave Naish said: ”These courses are for children who love animals and would like to find out more about working with, and protecting, wildlife.

“They are a great opportunity for children to see what goes on behind the scenes and talk to zoo experts.”

Parents of children who have been on courses like these before say their youngsters have been truly inspired by them.

One said: “My daughter has not stopped talking about her two most amazing days ever!”

Another wrote: “My son just can’t wait to get back to school to tell everyone about it.”

The courses are between 10am and 4.30pm each day on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, July 25-26 and August 22-23.

They cost £100 for the two days.

Places can be booked by calling 0117 428 5441 or email for more information.

For more details click HERE.

AliCaT summer schools

AliCaT summer schools teach practical theatre skills such as designing and making sets, lighting, sound, make up and creating costumes. 

The daily sessions at Backwell Playhouse work towards a unique performance devised by the children during the week.

There is a maximum of 25 places for each week and places are on a first come first serve basis so reserve your space ASAP if you are interested.

AliCaT summer school details:

  • Monday to Friday, July 31-August 4 for children aged 7+

  • Monday to Friday, August 7-11 aged 11+

The sessions run from 10am-4pm daily with the final performance for parents and friends on the Friday at 4pm. 

Its breakfast club is between 9-10am at an additional cost.

It costs £120 for the week or £24 per day.

Children need to come in comfortable clothing, with a packed lunch and bags of energy and imagination!

For more details email or call 01275 791275.

Kingshill summer school

As Nailsea schools close for summer 2017 the annual holiday playschemes begins.
This year Nailsea Summer Playscheme runs from Monday to Friday, July 24-August 4 at Kingshill Church School, Pound Lane.

Its doors are open from 8.30am-4pm weekdays and children aged five to 11-years are welcome. 
Along with the arts and crafts in the classrooms the outside activities include bouncy castle, Vertical Extreme climbing wall and for would-be detectives a whodunnit session.
Parents and carers should registered their children now as places are already filling up fast.
The Nailsea playscheme has been operating successfully for more than 30 years thanks to the support of NailseaTown Council and a band of volunteers made up of parents and childcare professionals.
It is always run during the first two weeks of the summer holidays.
To download a booking form click HERE.

Girl power

1st Nailsea Girls' Brigade has been working hard to raise money Children's Hospice South West.

The group chose this charity because in 2016 both the Girls' Brigade Company and CHSW at Charlton Farm in Wraxall celebrated their 25th anniversaries.

Girls between the ages of four and 18, as well as leaders and helpers, prepared a huge range of handmade items to sell at various events including Nailsea Methodist craft fair and Nailsea Community Christmas Fair.

Officer 1st Nailsea GB officer Jane Powell said: “We were thrilled to collect £300.”

A cheque was handed to CHSW community fundraiser Kyle Gallagher at a session dedicated to the work of the hospice.

1st Nailsea GB meets at Nailsea Methodist church on Tuesday evenings at 6pm.

It welcomes new members, for further details see its Facebook pages or email

Where the wild ones go

Did you know there is a forest school near Nailsea run in a private woodland at Tickenham.
Father-of-four Tom Baxter is the forest school leader and he works with the Secret Garden Montessori at Nailsea to bring encourage young people to appreciate the big outdoors.

Activities are age based and range from making craft from natural materials to archery, firelighting, plant identification, camp building, poetry, team games, rope slides, tree walking (with ropes) and many many others.

Tom and his staff also feed and engage with a coterie of different animals that are also on the site.

It costs £30 for a day long session..

An earlier drop off is available at Nailsea Montessori school and a later pick up 8am-6pm costs an extra £5 an hour.

Parents can use childcare vouchers.

A holiday club runs from 10am-4pm for five to 11-year-olds on Tuesday, May 30.

For further information call 0744 999 6762, email or click HERE.

Free food for thought

Children eat free before 7pm at the Marco Pierre White restaurant at  DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House during half term.

But there are conditions.

The offer is only available to under 12 year olds having a two-course meal from  the children's menu with every full paying adult.

It is limited to three children for every two adults and is subject to availability.

Additional courses are charged at full price.

Beverage is not included and advance booking is advised.

It also excludes Sunday lunch and Saturday dinner and you should mention offer when booking.

To book click HERE.

Courtney’s Petting Farm


Come into Weston town centre on Monday, May 29, and visit the petting farm for hands-on, interactive fun that will bring smiles to the faces of young and old.  

Helping children to develop a caring attitude towards animals and encourage their confidence and awareness, meet animals including miniature Shetland ponies, miniature donkey, chickens, micro pigs and pygmy goats.
The Petting Farm will be on the seafront by Bistort Pierre at Princess Royal Square between noon and 4pm.

At Bristol

Thursday, June 1

What’s The Matter

Direct from the British Science Festival, fast-paced theatre company The Last Baguette bring their sci-fi adventure show to the At-Bristol Studio.

Exploring the strange world of quantum physics and featuring physical comedy, scientific slapstick and Schrodinger's cat, this is a very silly show about a very intelligent subject.

At 2.30pm it is a family show, ages 7+ then at 7.30pm it is for ages 16+. 

The Jungle Book

At-Bristol and Big Screen Bristol bring you a FREE outdoor screening of' The Jungle Book (1967) for the whole family to enjoy, this half-term.

Show starts at noon and runs until1.30pm.

Pack a picnic or grab a sandwich and hot drink from the At-Bristol cafe and head over to Big Screen Bristol on At-Bristol's Millennium Square.

Deckchair seating will be provided on a first come first served basis.

More At Bristol listings on the What's On page by clicking HERE

The Blue Room arts and crafts

On Thursday, June 1, The Blue Room is hosting a drop-in pottery painting session from 10.30am-12.30pm.

Choose from mugs, plates, bowls, coasters, and figurines.

Just pay for what you paint, £8 per item.

Potters Rene and John will take your masterpiece home, fire it, and return it to The Blue Room for collection within a week or two.

Suitable for all ages, but children must be accompanied by an adult.

At busy times you may need to wait for a space to become available, which gives you the opportunity to enjoy our tea room.

Not the old school tie!

Young people are invited to Stick Their Necks Out at Crown Glass shopping centre, Nailsea during half term.

On Wednesday, May 31, children visiting the shopping centre between 11am-4p can take part in special workshops where they can colour and decorate a tie using any medium they like - pencils, felt tips, collage or crayons.

Once they have created their masterpiece, they will be invited to pose with their tie for a photo and all photos will be put into a special Stick Your Neck Out social media album.

Crown Glass manager Rob Stokell said: "We have some very creative children in Nailsea as witnessed recently with our Easter craft workshops.

“I anticipate that, once again, our young craftworkers will amaze us with their design skills and look forward to seeing a wide section of tie designs in our album on the Facebook page.”

The picture with the most ‘likes’, as displayed will win a craft hamper.

Centre mascot  Honeysuckle the Bee  will also be making a special appearance to see her young fans.

SKATE SCHOOL: A successful junior scooter and skate school at Nailsea during half term. Open to all primary aged school children and completely free. Tea and coffee served for waiting for parents. Email for more details - a few vacancies this Friday. Children need a helmet and a drink. It was scooters on Thursday and skateboards on Friday. Both two hour sessions run 10am-noon. Nailsea skatepark is next door to the Millennium Park and Tesco car park in the town centre.

Ho, ho, ho

Bristol is where Squire Trelawney fitted out the good ship Hispaniola, where Long John Silver ran The Spylass Inn, and where Jim Hawkins stepped off the coach from Devon for the biggest adventure of his life – the search for Captain Flint’s buried treasure.

Led by a professional actor in period costume and full of pirates and buccaneers; hidden spy holes; dark secrets, dirty deeds and lashings of doubloons this one hor story walk is suitable for families with children aged 8+.

Hear the story where it began 250 years ago at Bristol docks.

Organised by the Show of Strength theatre company tickets cost £8 adults, u16s £5 and family tickets (2+2) £20. 

Sorry no card facilities so cash only. 

No booking required, meet at the start: Merchant Venturers Almshouses, junction King Street and Prince Street postcode BS1 4DT.

Treasure Island story walk is a partnership with Bristol’s Teeasure Island Traind and part of Bristol Walking Festival.

Travel like a pirate! 
Bristol Insight Bus Tours and Bristol Ferry both stop close by.


PHOTO: Gerard Cooke and Nadia Williams by Zuleika Henry

Tots seaside treats with tea on Grand Pier

A special series of events especially for children has been planned at The Grand Pier, Weston-super-Mare.

Children across the region are being invited to experience the magic of a Tiny Tea Party at the seaside venue, with several dates and themes available.

The events will all feature a disco, party games and party food in the Regency Suite as well as a one-hour session in the Adventure Cove soft play area, and a special gift.

Events coordinator Charlotte Gaylard said: “We have planned a series of special tea party events aimed at children for 2017.

"Each date has a different theme from a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party to a Pirate Takeover, so we’re sure there will be something to capture the imagination of your little one.

“Coming to the seaside, and to the Grand Pier especially, is always a special occasion for children so we wanted to come up with something to make the day even more memorable.

“These events will be a great addition to your family day out to Weston-super-Mare, or could be an exciting idea for a birthday party or special occasion.

“The first in the series is the Teddy Bears’ Picnic on Sunday, May 28

"Children will enjoy a disco and party games before setting out their picnic blankets ready for a delicious picnic lunch and a special treat.

"After that the fun continues with the chance to meet and dance with Ted the Bear!”

Further dates and themes include:

  • Mad Hatter’s Tea Party – Sunday, July 16;

  • Halloween Pirate Take Over – Sunday, October 29, and

  • Supper with Santa – Sunday, December 17.

There will be two sessions available on each date with the lunch sesson noon-2pm  with one hour in the Adventure Cove from  2-3pm or the supper session from 4-6pm, with one hour in the Adventure Cove from 3-4pm.

Tickets for this event are £15 per child and must be purchased in advance online or through the Retail Shop.

Adults go free with a maximum of two adults per child.

For further information click HERE.

Glowing in disco dark 

Alchemy Trampoline and DMT Club is throwing a disco.

The fundraising fit and fun event is on Sunday afternoon, June 4.

Open from 2-4pm at The Link, Nailsea School, this is basically a disco and fitness event in the dark with everyone flashing glow bands, neon face paint and rave sticks – all amazing fun!

Tickets £5.

The sports club is raising funds which will be split between Alchemy and Children’s Hospice South West.

The CHSW monies will be donated in the name of Jane Falkinder, one of its parents who died recently and whose daughters are members.

Eleveon young gymnasts have qualified to be part of the south west team at the regional finals in Birmingham in June 2017.

Glenny Wood May 2017
Glenny Wood May 2017
Glenny Wood May 2017
Glenny Wood May 2017
Glenny Wood May 2017
Glenny Wood May 2017

Scouting for boys + girls


It was a fun May evening when 2nd Nailsea cubs and scouts enjoyed time at Glenny Wood. 

Outdoor activities were enjoyed by all and everyone had a lot of fun completing the adventure challenge course

Glenny Wood is the Gordano District Scouts camp site near Nailsea.

It has many exciting activities for young people to try from assault courses, nature trails, pedal go-cart track, grass sledging and more.

It is also a first rate camping facility.

Parents and carers of young people interesting in a scouting adventure would be welcomed by 2nd Nailsea which has its HQ at Hannah More Road.

Contact chairman Richard Simmons on 01275 857784 or group scout leader Ann Parker on 851291.

Ten Tors 2017
Ten Tors 2017
Ten Tors 2017
Ten Tors 2017

When the tough get going...Backwell scouts

Scouts from one of the south west’s most active troops took part and completed the infamous Ten Tor challenge.

Taking place on the first weekend in May when the 18-strong troop from 1st Backwell Scouts and Explorers completed an assortment of 35, 45 or 55-mile hikes over the rough terrain of Dartmoor.

Visiting 10 nominated tors or check points in under two days, the teams were self-sufficient, carrying all that they needed to complete their route and stay out overnight safely.

Organised by the Army, specifically Headquarters 1st Artillery Brigade & South West, from its Moor Group Headquarters at Okehampton Camp it is assisted by the Royal Navy including helicopters, Royal Air Force and Dartmoor Rescue Group.

Doing the 35 mile challenge were Oliver Baughan, Stella Rhodes, Tim Watkins, George Budd, Eleanor Hobbs, Rhys Mountjoy, Matthew Nott, Michael Harrison, Harrison Lawrence, Finnian Malone, Billy Waghorn and Dylan Pope.

Completing the 45 mile challenge were Will Sullivan, Annabelle Reid-Smith, Alex Stevens, Charlotte Hobbs and Richard Kirkbride while Travis Rhodes completed the 55 mile event.

Iain Rhodes, leader of 1st Backwell Scouts said: “I’d like to congratulate all of those who took part.

"It’s an amazing challenge and is something they will remember for the remainder of their lives.

"For some it is a life-changing experience and they all did fantastically well.

“The weather can be very changeable and at times quite extreme, and success or failure can depend very much on the extent to which a team has been trained for all eventualities.

“Luckily we were blessed this year with dry conditions but it doesn’t detract from the effort and achievement of the teams.”


Get Creative with BBC mircro:bit
Aged 8+

Tuesday, May 30 at 10.30am

The BBC micro:bit aims to inspire young people to get creative with digital and develop core skills in science, technology and engineering. And now this amazing pocket-sized computer is coming to the Curzon!

BBC micro:bits can be hooked up to a laptop and programmed with visual programming blocks to create anything from robots to musical instruments.

Micro:bits have LED lights that can flash messages and programmable buttons that can be used to control games. It can also detect motion and tell you which direction you•'re heading in, and interact with other devices and the internet via Bluetooth.

Children should bring along a fully-charged laptop.

Micro:bits will be provided.

No coding experience necessary.

Workshop delivered by Codingbug at the Curzon cinema at Clevedon.

To book a two hour session at £20 click HERE.

The Apprentice winners

A North Somerset hotel has been shortlisted for a prestigious award thanks to its apprenticeship programme which helps students kick-start their careers in the hospitality industry.
 DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House in Congresbury has been shortlisted for the large employer of the year award at the Weston College Business Awards, due to take place on Thursday, May 25.
 The awards recognise the hard work and commitment from apprentice employers and celebrate students’ progress, dedication to training and the outstanding impact they have made on the businesses they work.
Mehmet Kandemir, general manager of the four-star hotel, said: “We currently have eight apprentices working in several departments of the business, from the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse to customer services and the maintenance team.
“Over the years we have had many, many success stories with our apprentices and there is nothing that makes us more proud than developing an apprentice or trainee into a fully-fledged member of the team with a permanent position.
“Recently we promoted Sam Fowler, who started as a maintenance apprentice in December 2012, to maintenance manager and Natasha Leckie is the latest in a long line of kitchen apprentices to complete her course and be offered a role as a commis chef in the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse kitchen. 
“We’re also proud to say our business hospitality trainee Harry has also been shortlisted for an award.
“We’re delighted that our efforts to develop young hospitality talent has been recognised and we are looking forward to celebrating the achievements of both students and employers at the ceremony.”
Doubletree by Hilton, Cadbury House is a four-star boutique hotel renowned in the region as a luxury wedding, conference and leisure venue with two onsite restaurants by Marco Pierre White, award-winning health club and spa and 132 bedrooms.
For more information click HERE.

  • More information on the Performing Peeps page. Click HERE 

  • Tales From The Trees is a terrific tangle of puppetry, storytelling, live music and comedy, with a theme that embraces natural history, folklore and ecology at the Theatre Shop, Clevedon on Saturday, May 27, at 2pm. Tickets £11. Click HERE for more information on previews and reviews page

Bath, book, bed

Bath, book, bed is the answer all parents/carers of young children have been looking for – Booktrust’s campaign puts stories firmly at the centre of a good night’s sleep

Libraries, children’s centres and health visitors in North Somerset are supporting the UK’s largest children’s reading charity BookTrust as they launch a free new booklet.

Featuring top tips and advice of TV parenting expert Jo Frost, the Bath, Book, Bed campaign is an initiative encouraging families to make stories part of every child’s bedtime routine.

All parents/carers worry about getting young children to sleep at night – and of course getting enough sleep themselves!

But it doesn’t have to be a bedtime battle.

Reading a book before bed as part of a regular nightly routine is the perfect way to get your little one ready to visit the land of nod.

Bath, book, bed is all you need to remember.

From Monday, April  24 the booklet will be available at library story time and rhymetime sessions and from children’s centres and health visitors (while stocks last!).

Research has shown that bedtime routines are associated with improved sleep in young children. Benefits include earlier bedtimes, shorter amount of time in bed before falling asleep, less night-wakings and longer sleep duration.

And regular language-based bedtime routines such as singing, reading, or storytelling are associated with children’s increased sleep duration and improved cognitive skills.
But it doesn’t stop there.

The same routine every night involving a story and shared reading won’t just help them fall asleep – it will also feed their imagination, creativity and confidence.

Children who are read to every night start school ahead of those who aren’t – and the gap only widens as they get older.

The booklet can also be downloaded from the BookTrust website which features a Best Bedtime Books list and has lots more ideas, guidance and practical tips on ensuring stories are part of every child’s bedtime routine.

Click HERE to learn more. 

And remember – North Somerset libraries have lots of books suitable for sharing as a bedtime story – it’s free to join your local library, and parents can join their children from birth onwards.

Storytime for pre-school children at at Nailsea library is on Thursdays 2-2.30pm   

Ty Sculpture Trail

If you go down in the woods today you are bound to find a lovely surprise.

This is if you go walking in Towerhouse Woods near Nailsea.

The woodland sculpture trail opened last April and is a magical walk in the woods which brings to life of the creatures who live there.
The trail at Towerhouse Wood is in the 16-acres owned by the Woodland Trust.
The Ty Sculpture Trail is a collection of 14 stone carvings of animals that live in and around this ancient woodland and celebrates the life of Ty Partridge who grew up in a house on the corner of the wood.
The idea behind the trail is to offer children and the young at heart, an opportunity to get to know animals that live in the wood but can’t always be seen.
The sculptures, including a dormouse, badger, fox, buzzard, hedgehog and robin are not obvious, but then neither is nature.
To learn more go to the Flower Peeps page by click HERE.

Butterfly buzz

Young craftworkers visiting Crown Glass Shopping on Wednesday, April 19l0 were able to let their imaginations go on a flight of fancy as they helped to create a sculpture that had the ‘Butterfly Effect’.

From 11am, craft specialists  - Children’s Workshops – invited children to help them create a giant butterfly sculpture to be displayed at Somerset Square.

On hand to help was fellow flying insect – the popular Crown Glass bumble bee mascot – Honeysuckle.

As well as helping to make the sculpture. the children also busied themselves making smaller butterflies to take home with them.

Manager Rob Stokell said: "At Crown Glass Shopping Centre, we focused our Easter family activities around literature and art with storytelling sessions last week and art workshops today.

"Once again, our young visitors are proving how imaginative they can be and am very impressed with the final butterfly sculpture.”

Eggstravaganza Easter


Nailsea shoppers are set for some big fun as butterflies and a huge chocolate scented egg take pride of place at Crown Glass shopping centre for two days of family fun this Easter.

On Wednesday, April 12, shoppers will be astonished to find that a giant five metre high Easter egg has been laid in the centre.

This giant inflatable egg is scented with chocolate and children will be invited inside for storytime sessions at 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3pm.  

Storytellers from the Ting Tang Children’s Theatre Company will be captivating youngsters with traditional tales, including the Beatrix Potter’s Tales of Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle-Duck.

As well as enjoying story-time sessions children will also be invited to pose for a Facebook social media album where their image will be enhanced with bunny ears and whiskers.

The art activity on Wednesday, April  19 is curated by artists from Big Art and young people will decorate a giant butterfly sculpture, which will be displayed at the centre as well as making little butterflies to take home.

Crown Glass manager Rob Stokell said: "We plan to focus our Easter family activities around literature and art in 2017 and hope our ‘Easter goes Large’ sessions will see the creative talents of our young visitors unleashed.

“We know how imaginative our youngsters can be and this year we have a unique location for storytelling and an original opportunity for families to create and display their inspired endeavours.”

Centre Mascot – Honeysuckle the Bee –will be buzzing around – meeting all her fans on both Wednesdays.

The events are all free but parents and carers are invited to stay with their children and join in the fun.

Scouts sleeping rough at Backwell

Thirty seven youngsters from 1st Backwell Scout Group spent a night sleeping outdoors to raise awareness of homelessness.

The young Scouts and Explorers put together an assortment of shelters which they hoped would keep them dry and warm during the one-night sleep out. 

Luckly it was a clear dry night.

Their efforts rasied £2,000 for 1625 Independent People, a charity that helps 16 to 25 year olds get back on their feet and ‘reboot their lives’.

The charity also undertakes a number of other vital services such as providing support to young people who are resettling in the community after leaving custody or care or providing in-house training so they can learn new and transferable skills.

Organised by troop leader Iain Rhodes, the Scouts and Explorers hope their efforts will make people stop and think about the issues surrounding homelessness and maybe contribute either time or money to help people who, more often than not, through no fault of their own find themselves living on the street or 'sofa surfing'.

Iain said: “It’s all too easy for us to turn a blind eye to the issues of homelessness while tucked up in our comfortable homes, so it’s great that the troop want to raise the issue further.

“Come rain or shine, the troop decided to sleep out and we hope more people will take on board and think again about the reasons young people can find themselves on the street and consider doing something more about it.”

Charity spokesman Dom Wood said: “On behalf of 1625 Independent People I’d like to thank Backwell Scout Group for doing this sleep out while raising awareness of homelessness.

"Unfortunately those we try to help are out there day in day out putting up with unimaginable hardship.

“The funds that this event will raise come at a crucial time when so much vital funding and public services have been cut that aim to help young people get out of the trap of homelessness.”

For more information about the charity click HERE.

Great big tree climbing at Leigh Woods 

As a family, tick off tree climbing from your '50 things' list in style with the Great Big Tree Climbing Company at Leigh Woods
Cost £20 - booking essential online HERE or call 0800 0556760.
All bookings to be made directly through the Great Big Tree Climbing Company.
Thursday, April 20 10am-3.45pm
Two highly skilled and friendly instructors will teach you how to enter a tree's canopy using ropes, knots and carabiners, while being securely attached in a harness at all times. 
Enjoy the amazing experience of life in the tree tops before bravely abseiling to the ground. 
Each one hour session contains a maximum of eight people to ensure a unique and intimate experience for everyone. 
Suitable for ages six years and above.
Dogs not allowed at this event.
Meeting point is park on North Road (BS8 3PL) and follow the event signs from the North Road entrance to the National Trust Reserve Office on Valley Road
Wear clothes and shoes suitable for walking and playing in a woodland – no sandals, closed shoes please.
For more details about holiday clubs at Leigh Woods just a short way from Nailsea and Easter trails click HERE.

Volunteers needed for library reading challenge

Are you aged 14 and over and looking for something fun to do this summer?
Then why not get involved in the Summer Reading Challenge at your library?
Libraries across North Somerset are looking for volunteers to help with the challenge which is run in partnership with The Reading Agency.
Aiming to give children from four to 11 an enjoyable activity to complete during their summer holiday, the challenge helps prevent any dip in literacy that may occur during the long break from school.
This year’s Summer Reading Challenge theme is Animal Agents.

Volunteers will talk to children about the books they have read, help children choose books and hand out rewards of stickers, posters and medals.
This is a short-term volunteering opportunity starting on Saturday, July 15 and ending on Saturday, September 9.

It is open to adults and young people aged 14 and over.

Flexible volunteering sessions are available at libraries across North Somerset and full training will be provided.
If you have a few hours to spare and are enthusiastic about encouraging children to enjoy reading, we would love to hear from you.

You do not need any previous experience of volunteering or working in a library.
For more information click HERE, email or call 01934 426657.
The closing date for volunteering applications is Friday, June 9.

Keeping children safe

A two-day training course for people caring for children is being run at the Scotch Horn Leisure Centre, Nailsea, on Friday and Monday, March 31-Apirl 1, from 9.30am-4.30pm.

The Paediatric First Aid Course is suitable for parents, carers, nursery and early years staff, childminders or those charged with keeping small people safe.

Call 01275 856965 for more details.

Forest fun playing at Nailsea school

Secret Garden Montessori Nailsea runs a school holiday club for children between the ages of four and eight years to give children the opportunity to experience Montessori and lots more too!

With activities that range from den building, outdoor Forest School adventures, mural painting, obstacle courses, cooking, baking, model making, painting, singing, storytelling, the list is endless and the fun without a doubt.

Drop your children off from 9am and pick them up again 3.30pm.

You may well want to book them in even if you don’t have work commitments, just so they can have a great day making new friends.

Prices range from £25 with lunch and snacks included or £20 if your child prefers to bring a packed lunch.

Extra hours are available on request.  

Contact Paula Howes on 01275 851123 or

Nailsea Easter football club

Priority Football, based in Nailsea, is running its first school holiday football camps this Easter for children aged six to 12-years.
Lead coach Rob Prior, of Bristol Rovers, said: “Whether your child is trying football for the first time or has been playing for years, they will find our exciting activities fun and rewarding.”
Each day is planned and led by Rob Prior and fellow Bristol Rovers coach Tim Jones who will be supported by other experienced, FA qualified coaches.
There are two camps of three day blocks starting on:

  • Monday, April 10; and

  • Tuesday, April 18.

It costs £16 per day or £40 for per three days. 
Each day runs from 9am-3pm at Scotch Horn Leisure Centre, Nailsea, with early drop-offs available (please ask).
To sign up parents should visit or call 0778 742 6353.


Computer workshops

The Curzon cinema at Clevedon is runing computer and animation workshops for children during the Easter and summer school breaks. More details about this two hour £20 workshops click HERE.


  • Codingbug Workshop: Make a Game Using Scratch Programming

Aged 8+
Scratch is a block programming language that children love.

Children will use basic computer principles and computational thinking as they animate their favourite characters and create a game.
Just bring a fully-charged laptop with Scratch 2 installed.

The installation can be found at:
No coding experience necessary.

Workshop delivered by Codingbug: 

Saturday, AprIl 1 at 10.30am



  • Codingbug Workshop: Get Creative with BBC mircro:bit

Aged 8+
The BBC micro:bit is a small electronic device that can be hooked up to a laptop and programmed with visual programming blocks to create anything from robots to musical instruments.
Micro:bits have LED lights that can flash messages, programmable buttons that can be used to control games or pause and skip songs on a playlist.

It can also detect motion and tell you which direction you’re heading in, and interact with other devices and the internet via Bluetooth.
Children should bring along a fully-charged laptop.

Micro:bits will be provided.
No coding experience necessary.

Workshop delivered by Codingbug:  

Tuesday, May 30 at 10.30am.


Easter animation workshops details coming soon!

Walking in Towerhouse Woods

A free Easter quiz for young children following nature themed clues around the Sculpture Trail is a must for anyones activitiy list during the next school holidays.

On Saturday, April 8, from 10am-6pm starting at Jacklands Fishing Lakes accompanied children can set off on this adventure.

Children can bring along their favourite cuddly toy and everyone can stop to buy for tea and homemade cakes at the tea rooms.

The woodland sculpture trail to opened last April and is a magical walk in the woods which brings to life of the creatures who live there.

The trail at Towerhouse Wood is in the 16-acres owned by the Woodland Trust.

The Ty Sculpture Trail is a collection of 14 stone carvings of animals that live in and around this ancient woodland and celebrates the life of Ty Partridge who grew up in a  house on the corner of the wood.

Ty, who spent much of his free time playing, exploring and making dens here died from leukemia, aged 21 and the trail is the inspiration of his dad Piers, helped by Phil Carter, who’s son was a close friend.

The idea behind the trail is to offer children and the young at heart, an opportunity to get to know animals that live in the wood but can’t always be seen.

The sculptures, including a dormouse, badger, fox, buzzard, hedgehog and robin are not obvious, but then neither is nature.

World Book Day 2017


Libraries in North Somerset are gearing up to celebrate World Book Day on Thursday, March 2.
Young reading enthusiasts are invited to join in the celebrations at events taking place in libraries across the district.
Children from local schools and pre-schools will be welcomed into libraries to enjoy stories.

Free Bookstart rhymetimes and story times, suitable for children aged up to four, will also be taking place on the day.
Rhymetimes is at Long Ashton library at 9.30am and Story times is at Nailsea llibrary at 2pm.

North Somerset Council executive member with responsibility for libraries Felicity Baker the Portishead West ward councillor said: “We’re proud to be part of the thousands of activities taking place across the UK and Ireland to mark World Book Day.

"It’s great to see children from local schools and nurseries discovering what’s available at their library.”
For more information about what’s on at Nailsea click HERE.

For more about World Book Day CLICK here.

  • North Somerset Council is currently carrying out a Community Access Review iof its buildings and services with particular focus on its14 children’s centres and 12 libraries. This review to make sure these buildings and services are fit for purpose and in the right place; are cost effective and equipped to deal with the demands of new technology; and are able to meet the current and future needs of residents. The first phase has been completed and second phase of the review will look at services in Portishead, Clevedon, Nailsea and Weston Central will take place later this year with any changes implemented this year and next. Bets are on Nailsea will move to Scotch Horn and the original library demolished.

Kids Kung Fu

A new Kids Kung Fu class opened at Nailsea this month.
Learning Kung Fu is an excellent way for children to develop self-confidence, discipline and respect for others. 
It also improves fitness, coordination and mental focus. 
Classes are inclusive and specifically geared to children and run in a safe environment by a fully qualified martial arts instructor and primary school teacher. 
Typical sessions include warm ups, skills activities, games and forms. 
There is also a strong focus on the Kung Fu code of conduct to develop character. 
To book a free taster session for your child at the Scotch Horn leisure centre please contact Sifu Kee on 0796 942 6514 or email

The Nailsea class currently has children aged four to eight years.
Successful clubs are also already operating in Bristol and Long Ashton. 

Toddlers join new Nailsea football coaching classes

A 22-year -old Nailsea football coach from Nailsea has found early success with new technical football sessions aimed at young people.

Priority Football, based at Scotch Horn Leisure Centre, which started in September 2016 has signed-up 40 children in its first season.

Rob Prior, who is a Level 3 coach working with Bristol Rovers’ Academy, started the sessions to givechildren a chance to develop skills and express themselves in a pressure free environment. 

He said: “We appreciate the importance of children growing at their own pace and our focus is on the development of ‘the player.

“Each player has their own ball for the majority of sessions which is perfect whether they have playing for years or are trying football for the first time.”
Originally offering coaching to five to eight and nine-11 year olds on Monday nights 5-7pm, Priority Football has now expanded to a pre-school programme focussing on two to four year olds on Saturday mornings 10-11am.

Rob is supported by experienced coach, Ricky Paul, who is FA Level 2 qualified and well known in the North Somerset footballing community.

All new players are invited to their first session at Priority Football for free.

To find out more click HERE or call Rob on 0778 742 6353.

Way Out in space for next Nailsea Wacky Wednesday

Children visiting the Crown Glass shopping centre during the February school half term can be transported into out of space!

Between 11am-3pm on Wednesday, February 15, young astronauts and cosmonauts can go up, up and away and out of this world during a day devoted to space age craft workshops.

Paul Goddard, aka children’s entertainer Professor Crump, will be getting the children to make rockets and flying saucers, aliens and men from Mars.

Centre manager Rob Stokell said: "Our Wacky Wednesday programme of free holiday fun is very popular with the children of Nailsea.

“Last year, we put together a fantastic and varied programme of entertainment and are in the process of putting together another exciting schedule for this year.  

“We have organised craft workshops in the centre before and the children quite clearly love to get creative and let their imaginations run riot.

“We hope that they will enjoy our space age themed workshop this half term.”

During the day, the centre’s popular mascot – Honeysuckle the Bee – will be helping the children with their ‘space crafts’.

Wacky Wednesday is a programme of free children’s entertainment every Half Term and Holiday.

The children’s entertainments are not supervised playschemes and parents are requested to stay with their children and join in the fun.  

Nailsea junior film fun

Nailsea Bapist Church family film club shows on last Saturday of each month at 'the centre' starting at 5pm. 

This gives families an opportunity of watching a suitable film on the big screen with surround sound. 

The next film on Saturday, February Secret Life of Pets. 

There is no charge and hot dogs are available after the film. 

To find out what is showing contact Anne in the church office on 01275 859339.

The church has started a new parent/carers and toddlers group on a Friday morning from 10-11.30am.

There is also a group that meet on a Monday morning at the same time at the Silver Street venue. 

No charge for either group.


  • Tithe Barn Cinema is showing a half term treat for children Friday, February 17. Doors open 3.30pm for 4pm screening. More details to follow ...

'Mummies' the word for new local website

A newcomer to social media is Nailsea mum Tracy Bramhall who has joined the online bloggers and those with community websites with the launch of her website Mummies Club Bristol.
Tracy is mum to a 13-month-old and a 15-year-old and the online franchise business is a change of direction for the former (W)RAF who more recently worked as a recruiter for Imperial Tobacco.
Mummies Club Bristol which covers North Somerset isn't strictly a girls-only venture as it plans to provides local families with lots of free information around events/classes, activity ideas to do with the children, family friendly blogs and more. 
Tracy has a weekly newsletter/cheatsheet which people can sign up for which goes out on Fridays and has with links to blogs and other interesting information. 
She said: “Please come and take a look at the website and sign up for the might just find something you didn't know you needed to know!”
Mummies Club for this area is the 11th to be launched nationwide by the .
And even if you this the name is a bit dated Mumsnet launched in 2007 for UK parents has a network of 180 local sites, hosts discussion forums and boasts 5,000 registered bloggers.

Although it is a slightyly crowded marketplace we wish Tracy all the best with her enterrprise.
Click the image to go to website or email for more information.

New school for Nailsea

A primary Saturday morning performing art class for 14 pupils opens at Nailsea School in the new year.

The classes will be based at The Link, Nailsea School.

It opens in January and the first youngsters to enrol will qualifty for a 30 per cent discount on three month term fees.

Sessions are from 9.30-11am.

Email  for more details.

The School will be performing with The Rock Project for the Noahs Ark Nativity on Saturday, December 17 - see performing peeps page for more info.

Curzon Hour of Code Workshop


Children aged seven plus are invited to the Curzon at Clevedon on Saturday, December 10, at 2pm when it will be is joining thousands of people in 180 countries around the world to celebrate The Hour of Code!

This global event aims to teach children and adults that computer coding is fun, creative and accessible to all.

Its workshop is suitable for new and experienced coders. 

There will be plenty of activities to try out. 

Just bring along a fully charged laptop and you're ready to code!

The Hour of Code will be delivered by Gicela Morales from Codingbug.

Codingbug offers after school coding clubs for primary and secondary school children in North Somerset. Learn more about The Hour of Code by clicking HERE.

Curzon Kids: Let's Animate Christmas!


This workshop is form young people aged seven to ll years.

Join the Curzon at Clevedon for two hours of festive animation fun!

Bristol Art for All brings an exciting new workshop to the Curzon combining collage and animation with a Christmas theme. 

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to plan and film a 2D stop motion animation using a basic and accessible process. Animations will be emailed to participants after the workshop. 
The event is on Monday, December 19, at 10.30am.

Half term holiday club

We know they have only just gone back to school put for busy parents it is important to plan ahead.

Nailsea Baptist Church is inviting children from reception to Year 6 to join the adventure at a half term holiday club from Wednesday to Friday, October 26-28, 10am-12.30pm.
Booking forms are available from The Centre at Silver Street.

Mornings cost £1 per child and early booking is advised.

Activiities include Bible stories, craft, games, challenges and competitions.

For more details call the the church office 01275 859339.

Crown Glass shopping centre Wednesday, October 26
Anton Ghoul juggling shows at 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3pm
Halloween fancy dress parade 2.30pm
Collect stickers and see all the pumkins 
More information on Shop Locally pages click HERE
  • To learn more about Lottie and her fundraising click on image

Helping hand for hospital


Several young people from Nailsea will be performing in the Woogles & Ladders fundraising gig at St Mary Redcliffe church on Saturday, October 29.

Woggles & Ladders is a wind band created from a unique collaboration of members of Girlguiding Bristol & South Gloucestershire, Girlguiding Somerset North, Avon Scouts and the Avon Fire and Rescue Service Band.

They have joined together to perform a one-off charity concert to raise money for Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal.

The  programme is of popular light music from The Great Escape to The Beatles.

Click HERE to buy tickets. 

Zippy fundraising challenge


Looking for a challenge and wanting to help a charity too?

On Sunday, November 20, to mark the end of National Anti-bullying Week and to raise funds for Wellspring Counselling people from Nailsea are signed up for a sponsored zip wire challege.

The wire is one of the UK's longest zip wires and is at The National Diving & Activity Centre at Chepstow.

The wire is 700 metres long, 70 metres high and will reach speeds up to 40 miles per hour.

It you would like to join in this amazing feat to sign up and get sponsor forms call Wellspring Counselling on 01275 810879 or email:

Those taking part most be aged 12 and above. 

Wellspring is a small local charity that provides affordable counselling for adults and free counselling for 11-18 year olds in North Somerset.

Treat for young readers


An invitation to young readers of special half-price theatre ticket offer has been announced for all children taking part in North Somerset libraries’ Summer Reading Challenge, the Big Friendly Read.

A dramatisation of Roald Dahl’s Danny, The Champion Of The World will be performed by Illyria theatre company at the Tropicana, Weston-super-Mare on Thursday, September 1, at 7pm.

Children taking part in the Big Friendly Read at any North Somerset library are eligible for half-price tickets, along with one adult per child.

The half-price tickets – £3.50 for children and £5 for adults – must be bought from The Bay Café at the Tropicana and purchasers must show their Big Friendly Read collector’s card.

Libraries across the country are celebrating 100 years of Roald Dahl, one of the world’s favourite storytellers, in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge.

The author went to school in Weston and wrote about this in his book Boy.

More than 3,500 children have already signed up to the Big Friendly Read in North Somerset libraries and are enjoying collecting Roald Dahl cards as they read six library books during the summer holidays.

It’s not too late to start the challenge which runs until Saturday, September 10.

Anyone aged four to 11 can take part.

If you’re not already a member of your library, joining is easy and free – just ask your parent or carer to take you along.

Everyone finishing the challenge gets a special medal and certificate.

All those who finish by the end date will be entered into a prize draw to win a copy of the new Roald Dahl Dictionary.

Libraries have been offering free and fun activities inspired by Roald Dahl’s books throughout the summer holiday to help children complete the challenge.

See photos below.

For more information about this theatre and other performances on offer click HERE.

Mum, I'm bored

Schools out for summer from Friday, July 22, so what’s next?

I don't like my gender specific headline but it usually is the mother who gets most of the moans from children sometimes literally hours after the end of lessons.

With the city and the coast on our doorstep there is lots to do within a short distance for Nailsea children.

But what if it is rainy weather, costs lots of money or all their friends are away on holiday what then?

if you don’t want your children stuck in front of the television/DVD or glued to their mobile devices here are some ideas which we will add to during the next few weeks.



Nailsea Summer Playscheme which is subsided by Nailsea Town Council is open for the first two weeks of the long summer school break.

Based at Kingshill Church School at Pound Lane it will be open weekdays from Monday to Friday, July 25-August 5, 8.30am-4pm.

The scheme which has been going for more than 30 years in one form or another is primarily for children aged four to 11 year olds although some preschool children and Year 7 children are now allowed if they have a sibling already attending.

A full fun and varied programme of activities and workshops are on offer including a mobile skate park, climbing wall, forest fun, explorer dome, space odyssey, Simply Street dance company and many more.

The charge is just £16 per day for the first child and £14 for a sibling.

To download a booking form click HERE or get one from the town centre library.

For more details go online here at


Children visiting the Crown Glass shopping centre this summer can be transported on a Tour of the Arts every Wednesday from July 27 to August 31.

This is part of the popular Wacky Wednesday programme of free children’s entertainment during school holidays when children can enjoy music, puppets, circus skills, dance, animals and crafts.

Centre manager Rob Stokell said: "Our Wacky Wednesday programme of free holiday fun is very popular with the children of Nailsea.

“We have put together a fantastic and varied programme of entertainment and hope our young visitors will enjoy and participate in the activities.”

The programme starts of Wednesday, July 27, with a bang!

Bang On! make a joyful beat and invite wannabe musicians to join in!  

With shows at 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm, this junk percussion duo create funky beats and rhythmic treats using a huge homemade drum kit made from recycled objects. 
On Wednesday, August 3, the Puppetree Theatre Company bring the story of Pooka - a mischievous ‘brownie’ - to life in puppet shows which feature this character from Celtic folklore and fairytales. The puppet shows is at 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3pm.
Rob added: "Later in the programme children can enjoy Airborne - the tightrope and BMX show - on August 10; Exception-Elle – a dynamic duo of break-dancers on August 17; Animal Encounters with a visit by Jack’s Zoo on August 24 and can get creative at the  Forest Of Fun craft workshops on August 31.”

Also going on the ‘tour’ with the children will be Honeysuckle – the centre’s larger than life Bumble Bee mascot who will be at Crown Glass to meet her young fans.

Parents please note the children’s entertainments are not supervised playschemes and an adults must stay with their young charges. Some acts dependent on weather conditions and subject to change. 


The Old Street community cinema is hosting a series of summer animation workshops for children but these must be pre-booked. The cost is £5. Click here to book and download a parental consent form. Children should bring a packed lunch but drinks are provided.


Monday and Tuesday, July 25-26, 11am-4pm

Let’s Animate! Superheroes Animation Workshop

Plan, prepare and film a 3D animation inspired by the world of superheroes. Explore the origins of animation by making your own thaumatrope, praxinoscope strip, flipbook and 2D hinged puppets. 12 places per day. Suitable for ages seven to 11-years.


Monday, August 22, 11am-4pm

Shadows! Silhouette Animation Workshop

Introduction to the beautiful technique of silhouette animation. Create your own characters from paper cut-outs and then bring them to life at our illuminated lightbox animation stations. 12 places. Suitable for ages five+.


Tuesday, August 23, 11am-4pm

Aspiring Animators Workshop

Come on a cartoon adventure in this hands-on workshop. Learn how to visualise ideas and create an animation with sound using both traditional and digital 2D animation techniques. 12 places. Suitable for ages seven+.


A Simply Street Dance School series of fun days are booked at Scotch Horn Leisure Centre, Nailsea.

Sign up for a fun filled day of dancing, games, role plya, catwalk, drama, relay racing and much more on Wednesdays, July 27 and August 24.

The cost for a full day from 8.30am-4pm is £18 per child who should come with a packed lunch - snacks and drinks provided.

A morning 8.30am-noon or afternoon 12.30-4pm session is £9.

To book a place email or for more information call Sharon Routleff on 0754 048 9414.


Children aged seven to 11-years are invited to join Key Stage 2 summer activity days at Long Ashton

Running from Monday to Friday, July 25-29, and again on Wednesday and Thursday, August 24-25.

On Wednesdays July 27 and August  24 Gordano Valley Archers will be teaching archery and fencing and costs £25 for the day.

All other days are £20 with a £5 non-refundable deposit required on booking.

The day runs from 8.45am to 3.30pm.

Children will need to bring a packed lunch, water bottle, sun hat and sun-screen as it will be indoors/outdoors at Long Ashton Community Centre depending on activity and weather.

Activities include a variety of games and sports including football, rugby, rounders and other non-sport specific games like kick-the-can and watch-your-step balloon games.

To book your child's place email



Nailsea Baptist is organising summer activities on a Monday morning at 'the centre' in Silver Street. 

Aimed at toddlers and children, each Monday morning will have games, arts and crafts, toys for toddlers and on certain weeks there will be a family film on the big screen.  

Children need to bring an adult and the fun starts at 10am. 

No charge, all welcome.

All are welcome to Nailsea Baptist morning services in August at 'the centre' at 79 Silver Street starting at 10.30am with a crèche is available.

Further details from church office on 01275 859339 or 859339 or online by clicking HERE.

Guardians of Ancora holiday club, runs from Monday to Friday, August 8-12, 10am-12.30pm at Nailsea Methodist church, Silver Steet.

The fun activities include games, bible stories, craft and team challenges.

For primary school aged children.

Only £2.50 per day, with siblings £1 or £10 for the week per child.

Book via Al16ht Facebook page or call Sharon Matthews on 0795 214 4468.

This holiday club is run by Nailsea Methodists with supported from Christ Church, Holy Trintity and Wraxall churches.


TSPA summer school is five days of drama and performing arts.
It’s a week full of fun and a chance to try many different aspects of drama that the group don’t always have time for in class

It runs Monday to Friday, August 1-5, 10am-4pm at 1st Nailsea Scout Hall, Clevedon Road.

The cost for the week is £80.

Each day youngsters will be taught by professional actors and guest tutors in a whole range of workshops.

This year’s workshops include...stage combat, musical theatre, comedy, singing, puppetry, improvisation, circus skills, special FX make up, physical theatre, Shakespeare, mime, mask work and so much more!
On the final day there will be a short showcase of some of the skills learned during the week to friends and family.
TSPA summer school is open to everyone (TSPA student or not) aged five to 16-years and students will be put into age appropriate groups. 
Places are limited - to book click HERE.


Libraries everywhere are celebrating 100 years of the world's favourite storyteller - Roald Dahl.

The Big Friendly Read, Summer Reading Challenge 2016 is your chance to join in the celebrations.

Sign up to the Summer Reading Challenge and get a free collector's folder to keep your special Big Friendly Read cards.

The cards include Quentin Blake illustrations from some of Roald Dahl's best-loved stories.

All you have to do is read six library books of your choice over the summer, collecting cards along the way.

Finish the challenge to get a special medal and certificate. 

Everyone who signs up by the end of July is entered into a prize draw to win tickets to see special Roald Dahl films at The Curson Cinema, Clevedon.

All finishers will be entered into another prize draw to win a copy of the new Roald Dahl dictionary.

The Big Friendly Read begins in all North Somerset libraries on Saturday, July 16 and runs until  Saturday, September 10.

It's fun, it's friendly and best of all, it's totally FREE.

More than 4,300 children in North Somerset took part in Record Breakers last summer.

A parent said: "My three children love the reading challenge. I think it's a fantastic idea and gets kids reading through the summer".

Anyone aged four to 11-years can take part.

If you're not already a member of your library, joining is easy and free, just ask your parent or carer to bring you along.

Visit the Big Friendly Read online by clicking HERE for fun games, book recommendations and information about favourite authors.

 Libraries are also holding Roald Dahl-related activities throughout the holiday to help children complete the challenge.

Nailsea library will be organising special craft activities on Saturdays during the summer. 

Here is the timetable: 

  • Saturday, July 16, 10.30-11.30am make a pair of BFG ears;

  • Saturday, July 30, drop in and create and colour a magical dream catcher straight from the BFG’s collection;

  • Saturday, August  6, drop in to cultivate a disgusting beard like Mr Twit’s;

  • Saturday, August 13, drop in and stretch your imagination with enormous crocodile crafts;

  • Saturday, August  20, drop in to make a graceful seagull to soar across the ocean as inspired by James and the Giant Peach;

  • Saturday, August 27, drop in and outwit the local farmer by creating something foxy as inspired by Fantastic Mr Fox; and

  • Saturday, September 3, drop in to finish the race with a colourful paper plate tortoise as inspired by Esio Trot.

Don't forget to pre-book for the puppet show at Nailsea library on Wednesday morning, August 10, about seaside safety and aimed at primary aged children, see poster for more details.

Nailsea library is open Tuesday 10am-7pm; Wednesday to Friday 9.30am-5pm; Saturday 9.30am-12.30pm and 1.30-4pm

For more details call Nailsea library on 01934 426030 or email

NOAH'S ARK, Wraxall

Go to the animal zoo farm from Monday to Saturday, July 18-September 3, to follow the #ElephantTrail. Here you will be able to say ‘Ello’ to Ellie and ‘Hey, Yo’ to Eko and find all 10 Elephant models hidden around the zoo.

Each fact you find will lead you to the next elephant and you’ll learn about why elephants are endangered and how you can help them.

Noah’s Ark is proud to work with Elephant Parade, an international social enterprise that runs the world’s largest art exhibition of decorated elephant statues. Each statue is created by artists and celebrities to raise awareness for the need of elephant conservation.

Twenty per cent of Elephant Parade net profits are donated to elephant welfare and conservation projects for African and Asian elephants

Don’t forget to stop by Elephant Eden and visit African elephants, Janu and M’Changa and learn about the elephants at the 1.30pm dailypresentation.

For more details and how to download a trail map click HERE.

Repile fortnight runs from Monday to Saturday, August 1-13 see Noah's Ark page by clicking HERE.


Children eat FREE this summer holiday at Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill. 

Go on - treat the whole family!

This offer at the MPW restaurant at Cadbury House, Congresbury, is available to under 12s having a two-course meal from the children’s menu with every full paying adult and is limited to three children for every two adults subject to availability.

Additional courses are charged at full price and beverages are not included. Booking is advised but not essential.

Please mention this offer upon booking or seating.

It excludes Sunday lunch and is valid until Sunday, September 4.

For full terms and conditions click HERE.


Come rain or shine Tyntesfield is holding its first ever Forest School day camps for children aged six to 10-years this summer on Wednesday, August 3. 

From 10.30am-2.30pm, children will explore Tyntesfield's beautiful woodland, guided by a Forest School leader and learning team.

Activities include fire lighting, cooking on the fire, den building, wild play and green woodworking.

Capacity is only 10 per session to enable children to have a safe and immersive experience and the cost is £20 per child.

To book call 01275 461961

A snack will be provided but children are asked to bring a packed lunch and plenty of water.

Children visiting Tyntesfield can also enjoy four fantastic play areas.

Race through a child sized chicken coop in The Farm, test your balancing skills in The Orchard or explore inside a giant guano bird and enchanted tree house in the new woodland adventure play and sculpture trail.



Holiday fun on Clevedon Pier is running every week in August.

  • Monday – Get Crafty 11am-12.30pm and  2-3.30pm first week pebble painting

  • Tuesday – Seaside Storytelling 11am-noon and  2-3pm

  • Wednesday – Games Day. 10am-4pm

  • Thursday – Punch & Judy pm

  • Friday – Avon Owls 10am-4pm.

North entry charges apply


For more ideas see the What's On pages and the theatre previews.

Climbing into record book

A Backwell scout has become the youngest ever person to scale the world famous Old Man of Hoy.

Oliver Buckle, who lives in Flax Bourton and who attends 1st Backwell Scouts, completed the E1, ‘extremely severe’ grade climb on Thursday, May 12, just days before his 11th birthday.

It means he’s beaten the record of becoming the youngest ever person ever to ascend the precarious column of sandstone, previously held by renowned British climber Leo Houlding.

He has also joined the ranks of climbing legends including Sir Chris Bonington who first climbed the stack back in 1966.

Climbing with his dad Ben plus an experienced guide, Oliver completed the ascent on Thursday (12 May), reaching the top at 7.30pm following a six hour climb.

Raising money for Water Aid, he hopes his achievement will encourage people to donate money to a cause that helps people from across the world gain access to fresh, clean water. Having already smashed his original target, he wants more people to donate so that as many new wells as possible, with rope pumps, can be built in the third world.

Oliver said: “It was simply amazing. The weather was on our side so we just went for it.

"There were some very tricky parts but we took it steady.

“It was such a privilege to stand on top of the Old Man of Hoy and is something I’ll never forget.

"The added bonus is that I’ve become the youngest person to have made it to the top.

"Leo Houlding is a bit of a hero of mine so I hope he doesn’t mind me taking his record!

“I now want as many people to donate to Water Aid.

"We take it for granted fresh, clean water which streams out of our taps so it’s important people realise just how lucky we are.”

To sponsor Oliver click HERE

Boy scout charity record climb on Scottish sea stack


A Backwell boy scout will attempt to become the youngest ever person to scale the world famous Old Man of Hoy.

Oliver Buckle, aged 10,  who lives in Flax Bourton and who attends 1st Backwell Scouts, plans to complete the E1, ‘extremely severe’ grade climb on Sunday, May15, before11th birthday.

If successful he will not only join a list of climbing legends such as Sir Chris Bonnington, but will beat the record of the youngest ever person ever to ascend the rock, currently held by renowned British climber Leo Houlding.

Located on the Island of Hoy in Orkney off the north coast of Scotland, the world famous ‘stack’ stands a whopping 449ft (137m) above sea level and was first climbed back in 1966.

Since then it has become one of the most sought after challenges for rock climbers from right across the world.

His dad, Ben, first took Oliver climbing just before his third birthday to the indoor-climbing centre at St Werberghs, a converted church that includes a climbing wall.

It was here that Oliver caught the climbing bug leading him onto outdoor routes aged just seven.

By nine he lead his first proper ‘traditional’ climb and has since scaled climbs in the Lake District, Wye Valley, Cornwall (Sea cliffs), Peak District and Fontainebleau, near Paris.

Last winter he tried out ice axe arrests in the snow in the Brecon Beacons.

But it was at a recent lecture fronted by Leo Houlding that got Oliver thinking, after which he asked what it would take for him to beat the record of being the youngest person to climb the Old Man of Hoy.

Raising money for Water Aid, he is now in final preparations to take on the climb and hopefully become the new record holder.

Oliver said: “To just have the chance to climb to Old Man of Hoy is a real privilege and if I can beat Leo Houlding’s record will be an added bonus.

“Leo is a hero of mine and to follow in his footsteps is a dream come true. I can’t wait now for the climb and what will be a huge challenge.”

To sponsor Oliver go to his Just Giving page by clicking HERE


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Progress at skatepark in pictures


It was demolition day at the old skate park at Nailsea this week as the builders moved in start work on a state-of-the-art new replacement.

And it all goes well they hope to finish in less than two months.

On Wednesday, March 9, North Somerset Council signed the £112,000 contract with Wheelscape Ltd to build the new skate ramps at Millennium Park.

It has taken 18 months to fundraise for Nailsea Skatepark Project which has so far banked £109,000.

The district council agreed that the existing skate park was ‘at the stage where it was no longer serviceable and would have to be decommissioned if not substantially repaired or replaced’.

NSP spokesman Phil Williams said: “It is hard to believe this day has finally arrived.

“Work started on Wednesday to dismantle the old park in preparation for the new build.

“This will be on the same site at Millennium Park, and if all goes well will be completed in eight weeks time.

“Financially we have raised a staggering £109,000 and just need another £2,000 to completely fund the project.”

The plan is to formally open the new skate park at the annual festival and showcase on Saturday, July 9.

The new skate park which well be build on the existing asphalt base will be made of concrete.

This requires considerable less maintenance than the 14-year-old rusting metal construction which was the result of a ‘planning gain’ when Tesco supermarket came to Nailsea.

North Somerset Council has given £10,000 towards NSP.

Phil said: “After a year and a half of fundraising this is a really exciting week for all concerned and huge thanks must go to the many who have contributed to the vision either through finances or practical ways to get the project where it is today.

“Obviously the outdated and run down original skate park will be closed till the new park has been commissioned and fully opened.

“The NSP team ask all users to please make sure that you do not enter the park until it is completed as it is now a building site.

“Regarding the finances, the team have now raised a staggering £109,000 out of the total required of around £112,000 so if you're reading this and you have a final fundraising idea or have been waiting until this time to give us a donation then now is the time to do it.

As well as numerous individual and local business donations support has come from Nailsea Town Council, Wraxall & Failand and Backwell parish councils, Holy Trinity and Trendlewood church, Nailsea Community Trust, Trendlewood Community Festival, Alliance Homes, Nailsea Lions, Nailsea police, Carpe Diem, Rotary, Nailsea Community Christmas Fair, Arthur Davey funeral directors, Portishead Skatepark Project, Elmgrant Trust, Tithe Barn Trust, Tesco and Waitrose supermarkets.

Phil added: “I don't think any of us realised how quickly the dream could become a reality.

“That has been down to the amazing response from our community, not just with the younger generation but also with had donations from a number of older retired people, a fantastic encouragement for us.”

The final plans were tweaked after talking to the youth people who use the park and include access for wheelchair users and novice riders.

If you would like to contribute to the final £2,000 click HERE to go to the Golden Giving page.

Click images to see slide show or go to Gallery 2016 where more photos have been added.

  • Nailsea organistations are invited to take part in the 'showcase' at the skatepark festival which allows clubs and charities to set up a stall to let people know what they are all about. To reserve a space all you need to do it click HERE to download a booking form. 

Gruffalo story time at Nailsea library


Libraries across North Somerset will be celebrating National Libraries Day on Saturday morning, February 6, with a mass Gruffalo story time.
The story time will take place in all libraries at 11am and children are invited to go along dressed in Gruffalo costumes.

There will also be a children’s treasure hunt in each library and a specially designed mindful colouring sheet available for adults.
There's no need to book - just turn up on the day to the library at Somerset Square but remember all children must be accompanied by an adult.
Saturday will be the fifth National Libraries Day - a day of events and activities promoting the difference that modern libraries make to people, families and communities across the UK.
To share what you love most about your library get in touch on the day via Twitter @LibrariesWest, @NSomLibraries, #Librariesday and ‘like’ its Facebook page North Somerset Libraries.

Other half term activities on the What's On page by clicking HERE.

Youth House new year programme


Youth House reopened at Nailsea High Street in summer 2015 thanks to Nailsea Town Council.

Avon Youth Association (AYA) the charity tasked with providing support and activities for young people ran into financial difficulties back in February with its staff pension fund and was forced to close.

It was back in 2012 that a cash-strapped North Somerset Council decided it could no longer fund youth work and the provision fell on parish and town councils.

Before it went into voluntary insolvency AYA was paid £20,000 to run three sessions for 47 weeks of the year at Nailsea.

Now a new group of youth workers called FoReal has taken over although the long term future at Youth House isn’t guaranteed as pre-election councillors have muted moving everything to a central hub at Scotch Horn Centre.

Foreal youth worker Deb Stephens said: “We will be open on Mondays from 3.30-6pm for Year 6-8 and 6.30-9pm for Year 9 upwards.

“We have prepared a planned programme although we are happy to encourage young people to get involved and to run with their ideas.

“We can accommodate up to 25 young people at each session.”

On the programme so far has been a cupcake decorating, jewellery making, a pool competition, board games night, barbecue and a friendship evening.

As well as the planned activities, staff will also be organising sport sessions and art and crafts and youngsters can also use the pool and table tennis tables, the TV, Wii and computers.

Staff will be on hand for those who just need someone to talk to as well.

FoReal already runs successful services in Clevedon, Pill, Congresbury and Flax Bourton.

Director Karen Pike whose claim to fame is being the first televised girl football mascot said on the reopening: “We’re looking forward to working in Nailsea and it’s quite exciting to develop something from scratch.”


To view programmes for young peeps who like Mondays click HERE for juniors and HERE for seniors.

Skatepark raffle


Everyone is a winner with the Nailsea Skatepark Project raffle.

You have until the end of this month to buy tickets in the fundraising grand drawn with lots of exciting prizes including a four star sleepover in a Bristol city centre hotel, signed football shirt by The Robins as well as a ride in a helicopter.

Nailsea Skatepark Project is so near raising the monies needed for a new concrete skatepark at Millennium Park in time for its next festival on Satuday, July 9.

It is hoped the 14th annual festival will attract young people from across the West Country.

The festival runs alongside Nailsea Showcase which let's people know what is on offer int he town.

Festival organiser Phil Williams said: “The event, which has grown in popularity and has become a regular date in the summer diary of the town and surrounding area, continues to grow in popularity and the amount of attractions on show.

“In addition to the excitement of the skate competition, there will be performances by local talent in the arena.

“There will be some additional celebrations around the opening of the skatepark, making this event even more special.

“As always these events need volunteers and sponsorship, so if you are interested in either of these opportunities don’t hesitate to get in contact, and come be part of the fun.”

The festival and showcase will run from 1-4pm with an awards ceremony at 5pm.

Organisations can book a place in the showcase by emailing or by calling Georgina Batt on 01275 866787.

Anyone interested in taking part in the skatepark festival or volunteers and businesses keen to offer support can email

So far more than  £100,000 has been raised.

Big reveal of new desing on front page click HERE.

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Simply best at bouncing


A troupe of Nailsea trampolinists took it in turns to give star performances at a regional competition this month.

The team competed in the grading competition at Bath University and bounced their way to a plethora of top places including nine firsts.

The boys and girls aged from nine to 14 all train at Nailsea School with the Alchemy Trampoline and DMT Club.

And all taking part achieved the required score to enter the regional final qualifying event in March 2016.

Head coach Jon Webb said: “Well, what can I say?

“What a great day.

“I'm chuffed to bits with the way everyone has competed and supported each other today and some great results have just put the icing on the cake.

“Well done to all.

“Thanks to the coaching team and thanks also to the judging and recording team as well, we really couldn't have competed and had such a great day without you all giving up your day to help.

“I'm really proud to have been wearing my purple club tracksuit today.

“Keep up the hard work and belief and we'll all keep moving forward.”

The club which opened in April 2011 at The Link has more than 100 members aged from three years to adult and runs both recreational and competitive trampoline and double-mini trampoline sessions on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday at the Mizzymead Road campus.

Mr Webb is helped by other qualified volunteer coaches, parents and young adults at the not-for-profit club.

Club coach Angie Weston said: “We would love to expand to offer further classes and we are always on the lookout for permanent purpose-built premises.”

A one hour session costs £5.

Double click top image for slideshow.

For more information email

Full results


Shannon Pletts (10) 1st

Amelie Trounce (7) 1st

Mae Falkinder (11) 1st

Bethany Trounce (10) 1st

Leo Brooks (10) 1st

Annabelle Hanley (13) 1st

Abi Robbins (9) 2nd

Rebecca Elswood (12) 2nd

Rachel Mason (12) 2nd

Callie Blessitt (10) 3rd

Alicia Oates (10) 3rd

Evie Sharper (7) 4th

Megan Frost (11) 6th

Molly Pook (9) 6th

Rebecca Lees (14) 6th

Caitlin Lee (11) 7th


Under – 11 Girls Team 3rd



Lacey Sell (9) 1st

Rebecca Elswood (12) 1s

tMae Falkinder (11) 1st

Molly Pook (9) 2nd

Leo Brooks (10) 2nd

Callie Blessitt (10) 4th

Children aged from two years can go catch a ball with Rugbytots.

The concept was started 10 years ago and now offers class nationwide.

The nearest ones to us are at Scotch Horn leisure centre.

With two Wednesday afternoon sessions designed for pre-schoolers.

Its programme has been designed to develop a child’s physical, psychological and social attributes, as well as gently encouraging rugby specific skills such as running with the ball, finding space, kicking, catching, scoring a try and much more.

For more information click HERE.

Morning Break the parent and toddler group run by Holy Trinity church returns after the summer holidays this month.

There will be a creche so plenty of time to have a cuppa and chat without small people around.

HT children and families worker Ruth Young also invited people to use the coffee lounge also at Holy Trinity which is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am-1pm and serves lovely tea, coffee and soft drinks and cakes.

Morning Break is on Tuesday mornings from 9.15am-11.15am only in term time at The Trinity Centre, Holy Trinity church.

Morning Break is a parent and toddler group with a difference.

It provides an opportunity to socialise with other parents while children play and offer an interesting programme of talks, discussions and activities for parents to enjoy.

A crèche and activities for children aged two plus is available in separate rooms giving parents, grandparents and/or carers the freedom to participate in its sessions from 10.15–11.15am.

Although most children attend the crèche children this is optional and children may remain with the adults.

TEAM PLAYERS: Backwell Athletic Junior Football Club under 13s is looking for new players to join them for the 2015-16 season. Training is on Wednesday evenings from 6.30-7.30pm and Sunday mornings from 10.30am-noon at the village Recreation Ground. For further information contact Chris Sandy on 0779 568 3166.

Summer reading 2015 for children


Libraries across North Somerset including Nailsea are getting ready to encourage young readers to explore some of the astonishing real-life achievements and world records as featured in the Guinness World Records books as part of the Record Breakers Summer Reading Challenge 2015. 
 Young readers will discover the weird, wonderful and wacky records from around the world in six different categories:


  • Cool Tech;

  • Way to Go!;

  • The Big Stuff;

  • Animal Magic;

  • People Power; and

  • Action! Adventure!

Parents or carers can take their children aged four to 11 years to sign up to the challenge for free at a North Somerset library.

Children are then encouraged to read six or more library books of their choice collecting a poster and stickers over three further visits to the library during the summer holidays.

Every child completing the challenge by Saturday, September 12, receives a certificate and medal.

Children who finish the challenge can also be entered into a free LibrariesWest prize draw. 

 As part of this year’s challenge, children, parents, carers, volunteers, teachers, much-loved children's authors and important figures in communities around the UK will be asked to make a pledge to help set a new Guinness World Records title for the 'most pledges received for a reading campaign'.
In North Somerset, libraries are collecting pledges on 10am-noon on the start date and there will be independent witnesses from the local community verifying the pledges.

More than 4,300 children joined the challenge in North Somerset libraries last year and it is hoping even more will take part in a record-breaking summer for reading this year.

For more information click HERE.

It's not too late to join reading challenge


More than 3,600 children have already signed up to take part in the Summer Reading Challenge at libraries in North Somerset – and there’s still plenty of time to join in! 

Libraries across North Somerset are encouraging young readers to explore some of the astonishing real-life achievements and world records as featured in the Guinness World Records books as part of the Record Breakers Summer Reading Challenge 2015.  

Every child completing the challenge by Saturday, September 12, receives a certificate and medal.

Children who finish the challenge can also be entered into a free LibrariesWest prize draw. 

Students survive slum dwelling


Young people created a cardboard city in the car park at Waitrose Nailsea at the weekend.


UN-Habitat: number of slum dwellers grows to 863 million. According to the latest UN-Habitat publication regarding Urban Development and Management (November 2013), the absolute number of slum dwellers continues to grow, due to the fast tempo of urbanization


Called Slum Survivor the experience was designed as a 24 hour challenge for young people to live for a day as billions of others do worldwide.

Dozens of Nailsea School students from Year 7-13 took part in the event organised by Christians Together.

Nailsea Connect worker Neil Wylie said: “The young people were allowed a small portion of rice and lentils, rice and potatoes and rice and banana for lunch, dinner and breakfast and had to walk a mile for their drinking water.”

They raised more than £140 on the day with more sponsorship to come.

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Champion skateboarder wins with broken wrist

Skateboarder Ethan Jones won the junior title at the annual Nailsea competition on Saturday despite competing with a broken wrist.

The Backwell School student came first with classmates Lloyd and Louis coming second and third.

Proud mum Joanne Jones, who runs Nailsea Childcare at Cherington Road, said: “Ethan was very pleased to win at a sport he had only taken up during last year's summer holiday.

“I didn't think he would be able to enter as he still has a cast on his arm from breaking his wrist a few weeks ago falling off his skateboard.

“Now nearly a week after the festival and his wrist is still in plaster but his is due to go back to the hospital next week to hopefully have it taken off.

 “My heart sank when he was practising as he fell backwards and put his hands down to save himself, bending both wrists back - this is how he broke his wrist in the first place but from a greater height so luckily he was okay

“He won a trophy, new deck and a bag full of goodies, -shirt, book and DVD.

“Ethan celebrated his 14th birthday two days before the competition so it was like a late birthday present for him.”

Joanne is pictured right holding the trophy while Ethan is holding his skateboard.

With the sun shining the crowds came out for the 13th Nailsea Community Skatepark Festival which was described as the ‘best ever’ by organisers.

Last year the annual event had to be postponed twice because of bad weather.

The skatepark festival is organised by Holy Trinity and Trendlewood Church and Christian Surfers UK, with support from COIN and other local groups including Nailsea Town Council.

Youngsters showed an high level of skill on skateboards, BMX and scooters, said event organiser Phil Williams.

He added: “Forecasts indicated that while it would rain on both Friday and Sunday - Saturday was always going to have perfect conditions, light winds and sunshine, and so it turned out.

“It was a fantastic day full of colour and variety for the people of Nailsea and the surrounding area to enjoy.

“Huge thanks go to so many people who donated their time and resources throughout the day.”

Special trophies were awarded to Holly, Flynn, Killian and Woody in the new under fives category.

Tom Cowan came in first in the hotly contested 12 and under scooter category, while Ryan Linham won gold in the older age group.

Nailsea’s James Ashworth won the BMX 15 and over division, while Nathan Lyndon was victorious in the junior category.

In the skateboarding contest, Ethan won the 12-15 class, with Rob Feltham winning the older age category.

Festival organisers teamed up with Nailsea Showcase for the third time to enable visitors to find out what clubs and activities are on offer elsewhere in the town.

Families were also able to try out a number of sports including golf and touch rugby and police officers took along a football cage which was hugely popular.

Welly-throwing competitions, craft exhibitions, dance displays and more than 30 stalls also filled the field coordinated by Nailsea Community Trust representative Nancy Elliot and Georgina Batt, of The Link.

Supporters were also able to find out more about Nailsea Skatepark Project, which was launched last year to raise £150,000 for a new concrete facility with £83,000 already banked.

Organisers are hoping the new skatepark will be built in time for the next year’s festival and showcase.

The date of Saturday, July 9, has been pencilled in.

The next two fundraising events for the skatepark development fund will be the Tough as Nails assault course on Sunday, August 16, at Nailsea & Backwell Rugby Club and Trendlewood Community Festival on Saturday, August 29, on the playing fields at Golden Valley Primary School. 

Summer play schemes for Nailsea


For the second time in its 30 year plus history the summer play scheme at Nailsea has increased the number of days it opens.

And with no price increase from 2014 it means parents booking their children in full-time get the added bonus of 13 days for the price of 11!

There is a varied range of activities on offer from art to crafts; dance to drama; indoor and outdoor sports and much more besides.

In previous years people with specific skills have been booked to come along and give specialist workshops.

This has included a Nailsea florist to keep-fit trainer, from profession football coaches to Forestry Commission rangers and from go-kart racers to road safety lessons with the police.

Children are grouped according to age and put into four different colour-coded classrooms – Yellow, Green, Blue and Red – all with their own room leader and helpers.

The emphasis is on play and fun with the blur boasting ‘never a dull moment’ and no excuse for the dreaded ‘I’m bored’.

Way back when a young actor dressed as a large cuddly bear but this was a never to be repeated experience as he got ‘mobbed’ by the children as he could hardly move on a very hot day in his large furry costume.

The play scheme at Kingshill Church School is open to all primary aged children who go to school in Nailsea or nearby.

The Pound Lane campus opens at 8.30am-4pm from Monday, July 20 until Wednesday, August 5.

The daily price is £15 for the first child and £13 for additional siblings with the discounted price for those coming for the full period although it is possible to book occasional days.

Children bring along a packed lunch for the midday break but a morning biscuit and drink is provided.

 Nailsea Summer Play Scheme was set up by Nailsea Town Council in 1984 and has over the years catered for thousands of children during the first fortnight of the school summer holidays.

It is still supported by the town council with the emergency services and local sports coaches now helping too.

And many North Somerset businesses lend a hand including:

  • Britannia Windows

  • Tesco Nailsea

  • Bristol Airport

  • Brabantia

  • Cadbury Garden Centre

It is a not-for-profit parent-led organisation that offers a ‘safe and stimulating environment’ staffed by suitably qualified instructors for its young charges.

After three decades the summer play scheme has seen children who once were in the nursery class returning year after year moving up from being a teenaged volunteer to some eventually becoming employed as adult helpers.

To find out what 2015 has in store go to the website by clicking HERE and download a booking form.

A few places left 

West End musical workshop 


West End stars are behind a stage holiday workshop being run at Nailsea School.

The Youth Music Theatre Academy has become one of the leading drama schools for children aged six to 18-years-old.

YMTA was founded in 2013 by former Nailsea School student Jo Parsons who is currently appearing in Les Miserables at Queens Theatre, London.

 The annual five-day musical workshop with West End professionals runs from 10am-4pm Monday to Friday, August 10-14 and costs £125.

To book a place email

Jo said: “The YMTA offers a great opportunity for students to build their confidence, express their personalities and stretch their imaginations.

“With the emphasis on fun, the YMTA offers an introduction to the musical theatre world, taught by London’s best West End professionals, workshopping the shows you love and training the stars of the future.”

YMTA offers a great opportunity for children to build their confidence, express their personalities and stretch their imaginations.

Click HERE for more details 

Youth House summer programme


Youth House is reopened at Nailsea High Street thanks to Nailsea Town Council.

Avon Youth Association (AYA) the charity tasked with providing support and activities for young people ran into financial difficulties back in February with its staff pension fund and was forced to close.

It was back in 2012 that a cash-strapped North Somerset Council decided it could no longer fund youth work and the provision fell on parish and town councils.

Before it went into voluntary insolvency AYA was paid £20,000 to run three sessions for 47 weeks of the year at Nailsea.

Now a new group of youth workers called FoReal has taken over although the long term future at Youth House isn’t guaranteed as pre-election councillors have muted moving everything to a central hub at Scotch Horn Centre.

Foreal youth worker Deb Stephens said: “We will be open on Mondays from 3.30-6pm for Year 6-8 and 6.30-9pm for Year 9 upwards.

“We have prepared a planned programme although we are happy to encourage young people to get involved and to run with their ideas.

“We can accommodate up to 25 young people at each session.”

The programme so far includes cupcake decorating, jewellery making, a pool competition, board games night, barbecue and a friendship evening.

As well as the planned activities, staff will also be organising sport sessions and art and crafts and youngsters can also use the pool and table tennis tables, the TV, Wii and computers.

Staff will be on hand for those who just need someone to talk to as well.

FoReal already runs successful services in Clevedon, Pill, Congresbury and Flax Bourton.

Director Karen Pike whose claim to fame is being the first televised girl football mascot said: “We’re looking forward to working in Nailsea and it’s quite exciting to develop something from scratch.”

Pictured at the pool table are Taylor, Brad and Tomas with youth support workers Glenn and Deb.


To view the June and July programmes for young peeps who like Mondays click HERE for juniors and HERE for seniors.

Nailsea Skate Festival


Nailsea Skate Fest and Activities Showcase 2015 at Millennium Park on Saturday, June 27 from 1pm with presentations at 5pm.

And so far so good as the weather forecast good.

Next big fundraiser Tough as Nails assault course on Sunday, August 16.

Course mapped out below.

For more details contact 

Raising money for improvements to Nailsea Skate Park.

Being built at Nailsea and Backwell RFC there will be an assault course of 4km for adults (£10 entry) and 1km for children aged 5-15(£5 entry).
There will be a range of obstacles, be prepared to get muddy and wet. 
Email for an application form by end of June.

Come and help at library this summer


Do you like reading? Are you aged 14 or over and looking for something to do this summer? 

Then why not volunteer to help with the Summer Reading Challenge at your local library?
North Somerset Council's Library Service is looking for volunteers to help with the annual challenge which aims to give children, aged four to 11, an enjoyable activity to complete during their summer holiday.
Run in partnership with The Reading Agency, it also helps prevent any dip in literacy that may occur during the long break from school. 
 This year’s challenge is themed Record Breakers.

Volunteers will help children choose books, talk to them about the books they have read and hand out rewards of stickers, posters and medals. 
Volunteers are needed at The Campus, Clevedon, Congresbury, Healthy Living Centre, Long Ashton, Nailsea, Pill, Portishead, Weston, Winscombe, Worle and Yatton libraries.
The challenge will run from Saturday to Saturday, July 11 to September 12.

Helpers are asked to give a minimum of 12 hours of their time over that period and flexible sessions are on offer. 
Full training will be provided and no previous experience of volunteering or working in a library is necessary.
The closing date for applications is 18 June, but please apply early to secure a place. 
For more information about this and other library volunteering opportunities contact the library service on 01275 884315, 01934 426657 or email

New outdoor space for Nailsea and Backwell Children's Centre


​A bramble-covered, unusable area at Nailsea and Backwell Children’s Centre has now been cleared and is being used for forest skills and exploratory play.
The children's centre is on the site of Kingshill Church School at Pound Lane, Nailsea, and has a large fenced-off wooded area.

This was previously covered with brambles and not safe for anyone to access.
Both the children’s centre and school were keen to get the area cleared, so that it could be used by the children and families for forest skills and exploratory play. 
Original quotes for this work were high, so the children’s centre leader Natalie Hawtin came up with the idea of contacting the Probation Service Community Pay Back scheme to ask for help clearing the area. 
The Probation Service agreed and charged a nominal fee to cover expenses.

They have attended the site on three separate Sunday afternoons when the centre was closed to clear the area of brambles and cut back the existing trees and bushes.

Paths were made through the area using bark chips and a fence was put up in one corner to store the den-making equipment.  
Natalie said: "As a result the whole area is now a much better space and plants previously stifled by the brambles are coming through.

“This area will now be used during the children’s centre groups and the school plan to facilitate forest school for small groups of children.

"These new opportunities for play will allow children to learn about the natural environment, observe wildlife, and experience being outdoors in all weathers.

“It will allow them to physically and mentally challenge themselves while taking manageable risks. 

“All these things are recognised in the National Curriculum."
Nailsea Community Trust Fund has kindly donated funds for the children’s centre towards buying children waterproof body suits to protect their clothing when playing outdoors.
The children’s centre team has attended forest skills training and a teacher from Kingshill is planning to gain a qualification in forest school training, both to learn how to use the area to its full potential.
Community Payback offer people convicted of crime, pay back to their local community while learning life and employment skills.

Lyndon Pask who helps co-ordinate the scheme said: "This project has been an excellent placement that allowed the service users to offer unpaid work, giving them a sense of ownership and satisfaction of completing the task to such a high standard."

Getting skates on fundraising for new Nailsea park


The campaign and fundraising to renew the popular Nailsea skatepark is less that 12 month old but already nearly £70,000 has been raised.

The target is for first-class concrete skate park to be built next to the Scotch Horn Centre.

This would replace the old metal based facility at Millennium Park.

The total needs is £150,000

The latest initiative to help raise the profile and funds was taken on a wet, rainy and pretty windy Sunday at Goodwood motor racing circuit, near Chichester  on Sunday, May 31.

Three key NSP team members took advantage of the racetrack being closed for the day and set out to complete 11 laps of the 2.4 mile race circuit on a skateboard.

Nailsea youth worker, Neil Whylie, skateboarder Joe Williams and Nailsea Community Skate Fest organiser Phil Williams in horrid weather conditions did the early morning three hour drive to Sussex in a hope that the challenge could go-ahead.

South Coast Roll had rented the track for five hours from 11am-4pm.

But by the time the team arrived the track was very wet and  it was still raining with winds gusting at about 22 miles an hour.

Phil said: “It looked as though any marathon attempt would be unlikely.

“However we agreed to give it our best shot and momentarily rain eased and the race track dried out.

“Occasionally even the sun made a brief appearance.

“This meant that we were able to utilise the time pretty well, and were amazed by how far they were able to travel.”

Neil completed the 26.2 miles of the marathon, Phil exceeded his target and skateboarded 31 miles and amazingly Joe Williams completed a staggering 41 miles on his longboard.

Supporters can still donate by clicking HERE.

Phil added; “Overall it was a fantastic but challenging day and although there are a few aching limbs and one or two cuts and bruises we were really pleased with our achievements.”

The next fundraiser is the festival and showcase on Saturday, June 27.

There will be more than 20 stalls manned by the great and the good of Nailsea, sports to try out,  including golf, cage football and tag rugby plus food and drink and a first class skateboard, scooter and rollerblade competition.

If you would like to sponsor the event, give any practical help or get more involved in the planned redevelopment of the skate park email Phil on

Ultimate cross country course


Test your stamina on a commando-style assault course four kilometres long and raise monies towards a new skate park in Nailsea.

Nailsea neighbourhood policing team are the brains behind this fundraising endurance test.

Called Tough As Nailsea there will be two routes – one for adults and a shorter version for children aged five to 15-years.

Police sergeant Mark Raby said: “The town’s skate park has served us well for many years but it now needs to be replaced.

“The neighbourhood team recognise it as an important part of community life for our young people.

“I don’t want to go back to the days when children and teenagers had nowhere safe to use their skateboards and BMX bikes.

“And we certainly don’t want to see anyone get hurt on our roads or in the shopping centre precinct.”

Neighbourhood officers have teamed up with Royal Marine cadet instructor Donna Jordan, of outdoor fitness company Carpe Diem, to help stage the event which is supported by many local businesses.

Donna runs early morning and evening boot camps at lots of North Somerset venues including the Millennium Park, Nailsea.

Tough As Nails will be at the Nailsea & Backwell Rugby Club on Sunday, August 16, starting at 10am.

PS Raby said: “I want this to be a community event with everyone taking part to raise money for this worthwhile cause.

“This isn’t a race, but a fun event, so even if you can’t take part please come along and support the runners.

“We’re sure that our young people will get involved, helping to build some of the obstacles and taking part on the day.”

As well as the rugby club, the daring event is being supported by our fire and rescue crews and both police and army cadets.

Local companies Kellaway Builders, Gemini Gym, JH Hire Ltd, Coombe Tyres, Hensons estate agents, Lopresti's ice cream and Avon Skip Hire are also onboard.

Places on the assault course are limited and children will need parental permission.

For an entry form email

For those on social media you can follow progress on the project through the Facebook page

Nailsea Skate Park has been the hub of the skateboarding, BMX and scootering for the past 13 years.

But the well used wooden and metal structures are well past its sell-by-date and it is time for a complete rebuild in concrete.

The project was launched at the 2014 community skateboard festival and a well attended public consultation meeting followed at Scotch Horn Centre.

Since then there has been a fair bit of activity around the project, which has consisted of numerous grant applications and some public events, said Phil Williams who is part of the NSP team.

He said: “The challenge is to raise £150,000 which we realise is a huge amount of money.

“However, the fantastic news is that we have already raised £65,000 through gifts and donations from organisations and individuals including Nailsea Town Council, Nailsea Community Trust, Holy Trinity and Trendlewood church, and other small but valuable contributions such as from Arthur Davey funeral directors and collections at Nailsea community market.

“We are now at a position where we are talking to potential park builders, suppliers and users.

“The ideal scenario would be that the park is rebuilt in time for the 2016 Nailsea Community Skatepark Festival, which would mean work would need to start early in 2016.”

Despite being decimated by some of the ramps being removed the 13th annual event will go ahead on Saturday, June 27, in partnership with the community showcase.

Another planned fundraiser is a sponsored skateboard around Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit on Sunday, May 31.

This is open to all skateboarders, scooter riders  and rollerbladers who would like the rare opportunity to roll around Goodwood racing circuit for five hours.

 It costs £7 plus a contribution to transport.

For further information on this and details of how to get involved or make an donation email  

Sign-up now for a fundraising challenge and help to build a new skate park for Nailsea. Let's find out who is the fittest of them all!



Nailsea library pirate story time on Saturday, February 7, was a great success when lots of accompanied children age up six attended two sessions of , 11-11.20am and 2-2.20pm.

Storytime for pre-school children at the town centre library is on Thursdays - term time only - from 2-2.30pm.

Our golden girls


A top Nailsea trampolining trio has bounced its way to team gold in the Southern Zonal Schools Championships.

Grove Junior School pupils Lacey Sell, aged eight, Bethany Trouce, nine, and Abi Robbins, 10, now go on and compete at the National Schools Championships in Birmingham on Saturday, March 14.

All three friends train together at Alchemy Trampoline and DMT Club based at Nailsea School.

This month they travelled to the White Horse Leisure & Tennis Centre at Abingdon, Oxfordshire, as the south west winners to compete in the regional heat.

And the talented girls won gold.

Mum Emma Robbins said: “It was a great result and well deserved.

“Everyone at the club and their school wish them every success in the nationals.”

Her daughter Abi received personal best scores from the judges of 8.0 and an 8.5.

The girls credit the hard work and dedication of their trainers for their success.

The Nailsea club was launched in April 2011 for youngsters aged from three upwards and is registered with the British Amateur Gymnastics Association.

It meets on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday evenings at the sports hall at Nailsea School which is part of The Link community facilities.

The club teaches recreational and competitive trampoline and is currently fundraising to buy a practice and training rig.

It would eventually like ‘a home of its own’.

Trampolining began as a modern sport in the 1930s and is based on the skills of trapeze artistes.

It was once developed as a training exercise for astronauts, 

and became an Olympic sport in 2000.

Competitive trampolining routines consist of combinations of 10 contacts with the trampoline bed combining varying rotations, twists and shapes with take-off to land on their feet, seat, front or back.

And like other competing gymnastics their routine must always start and finish on feet.

He's going up in the world with air cadets

The commanding officer of Nailsea Air Cadets has been promoted to Squadron Leader.

The honour was given to Flight Lieutenant John Radford of 2467 (Nailsea) Squadron Air Cadets shortly before Christmas.

The newly promoted Squadron Leader is pictured above left presenting a long service award to local historian Peter Wright, of the Perrings.

Mr Wright recieved the award to mark his decades of work with the cadets.

Mr Radford now takes on the role of south west sector commander for Bristol and Gloucestershire.

His role includes continuing to command Nailsea while being in charge of the Clevedon, Portishead, Speedwell and Bristol Airport squadrons which gives him responsibility for nearly 200 cadets and more than 40 staff.

He said “This new role will hopefully allow even more opportunities for cadets and the dedicated staff in the area. 

“We already have plans for joint working to allow cadets the opportunity to extend their skills even further and work alongside other like-minded young people.”

2015 looks like being a busy year for the Nailsea squadron with plans for another Jersey expedition, visits to aviation centres around the UK and field-craft expeditions. 

The squadron also hopes to continue building on its previous success in the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme with six cadets now taking silver and another 15 cadets expected to gain their bronze award in the next 12 months.

Nailsea now has more than 43 cadets enrolled and since August has accepted new cadets aged from 12 years and in Year 8 at school.

2467 (Nailsea) Squadron Air Training Corps, parades on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 7-9.30pm.

The cadet force is keen to hear from potential recruits or adult volunteers and can contacted on 01275 855138 or by email at

The squadron had been located in old, worn out buildings on the edge of the playing field site for more than 40 years which it has shared with Nailsea Army Cadet Force since its HQ at Whitesfield Road burned down in 2009.

The 'dilapidated buildings which are not fit for purpose' pictured below have been replaced with the state-of-the-art modern, single-storey, red brick accommodation slightly further to the east of the old headquarters.

In May last year cadets in Nailsea welcomed His Royal Highness (HRH) the Duke of Kent, accompanied by Lord Lieutenant of Somerset, Lady Elizabeth Gass, to formally declare open the cadet centre which it shares with the army cadets.

At the official opening ceremony, which was attended by a number of dignitaries, HRH The Duke of Kent unveiled a brass engraved plaque commemorating the event before being taken outside to look at a Viking glider.

Two years ago honoured by the Lady Gass for his services to youth when the Sqn Ldr received the Lord Lieutenant of Somerset certificate of meritorious service for his contribution to the squadron and the youth of Somerset.

Mr Radford has served as the CO at Nailsea for more than 10 years.

HRH The Duke of Kent is pictured with Colonel Paul Richardson, Commandant, Somerset ACF at Nailsea Joint Cadet Centre opening in May last year.

Full of winning bounce


A Nailsea trampoline team has bounced itself into pole position in a schools competition.

Representing Grove Junior School three young girls who train with Alchemy Trampoline & DMT Club came first in the South West Schools Trampoline Competition at the weekend.

Lacey, Bethany and Abi, pictured right, won the team event with Lacey taking a second place in the individual round.

The trio now go forward to compete in the zonal competition on Sunday, January 18, at Abingdon.

The Nailsea club was launched in April 2011 for youngsters aged from three upwards and is registered with the British Amateur Gymnastics Association.

It meets on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday evenings at the sports hall at Nailsea School which is part of The Link community facilities.

The club teaches recreational and competitive trampoline and is currently fundraising to buy a practice and training rig.

Pictured above are students from Nailsea School enjoying a trampoling session in its sports hall as part of the enrichment week timetable.

They came & took it away


Part of Nailsea’s much loved skate park was found unsafe this week and has had to be removed.

An inspection by North Somerset Council officials discovered an eight-year-old ‘half pipe’ feature was ‘unfit for purpose and not repairable’.

This has made the project to update the skate park even more urgent, said Phil Williams organiser of the annual Skate Festival.

In October a plan to build a £150,000 new concrete park for use by skateboarders, scooter riders and BMX riders was unveiled.

It is backed by the young people and their parents, local councillors, teachers, youth workers and Holy Trinity and Trendlewood church leaders.

Project spokesman Neil Wylie said: “It is a real shame that the half pipe was beyond repair.”

However, he was pleased monies made from the scrap metal were donated by the district council to the rebuilding fund.

Mr Williams said: “While we realise raising the money we need to replace the park is a huge task we have worked hard already and already have had pledges of more than £15,000.

“We have been given a gift of £10,000 by the church and another £5,000 is promised by long term supporters of the community skate park festival, Nailsea Community Trust.

“And young people using the park have already added a few more hundred pounds by fundraising.”

The group hope to man a stall at Nailsea community market on Saturday, December 20, and invite people to come and look at the plans, voice their opinion and drop a few coins in a collecting tin.

If you are interested in getting involved contact Josh Howard by email at or pop along to the Christmas stall.

To read more about the summer festival + results scroll down this page.

To read more about how the story broke about the skate park project click HERE.

POLICE FORCE: The image shows some of the cadets and cadet leaders with from the left going back ACC Nikki Watson, the High Sheriff Richard Lloyd, Portishead Neighbourhood Watch chairman Nick Gough and Gordano School deputy head Alison Wood

School students join police cadets


A group of teenagers has signed up to help communities in North Somerset by joining the police cadets.

Currenlty more than 200 youngsters belong to the Avon & Somerset Volunteer Police Cadets.

On Thursday, November 6, several new recruits were welcomed into the police service by senior officers and swore their cadet oath in front of their families and friends at police headquarters at Portishead.

Assistant chief constable Nikki Watson thanked the cadets’ parents and carers for their support. 

She said: “I’d like to thank the cadets for volunteering to help your local communities and make North Somerset an even safer place.

"You all bring something different which can only benefit our organisation.

"I’d also like to thank you, the parents and carers of our cadets, because without your support they would not be here.” 

The cadets and their families were welcomed by Sergeant Gavin O’Reilly, the unit leader, who told them more about the cadets’ role in communities, including how cadets from the Churchill-based unit played an important role in finding a toddler who went missing at the Balloon Fiesta last year. 

He outlined the training the cadets had already received since the unit began in September, preparing them for their first public duties. 

The cadets will join the Remembrance Day parade at Portishead and be on patrol at both the Christmas lights switch-on and the Victorian evening in the town. 

PS O’Reilly also thanked Alliance Homes, Gordano School represented by deputy head Alison Wood; the High Sheriff of Somerset; Richard Lloyd's Somerset Crime Beat; the Lions Club of Portishead, Portishead Neighbourhood Watch represented by Nick Gough and the Avon and Somerset Police Community Trust for supporting the scheme. 

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens wasn’t able to be at the launch but sent a video message to welcome the cadets. 

She said: “I’m really sorry that I’m not able to be there this evening.

"I feel that the cadets are a really valuable part of the way that we are changing the way that we the police service works with local residents.

"We need people like you to contribute to making our communities be safe and feel safe.

"What you are doing is a really valuable way of contributing to the life of Portishead and the larger community.” 

The uniformed cadets will meet once a week during term time at Gordano School, Portishead, to learn about all aspects of policing and volunteer to help their communities. 

The 23 teenagers who have signed up are all aged between 14 and 17 and go to Clevedon School, Gordano School in Portishead, Nailsea School and St Katherine’s School in Pill. 

After initial training Avon and Somerset Police Cadets get involved with helping their communities, delivering crime prevention messages and supporting police at local events. 

Some of the older cadets also volunteer with neighbourhood teams, accompanying PCSOs on foot patrols, helping to carry out house-to-house enquiries and joining Community Speed Watch volunteers, monitoring speeds on local roads. 

As well as getting hands-on making things better in their communities, cadets get the chance to take part in fun team-building exercises, trips and activities. 

They will learn life skills which will help them no matter what career they choose – and almost all our cadets would recommend the scheme to friends or family. Just as importantly, the cadets are helping us understand our young people and their needs. 

New recruit Fred Stubbs, aged 14, said: "This is a great opportunity to get to know people and get involved in helping the community and helping make sure people feel safe.

"I'm interested in becoming a detective with the police although I am not entirely sure what I would like to do so this is a really great chance to find out what policing is like and make my mind up."

The Avon and Somerset Volunteer Police Cadet scheme is run by police officers, police staff and volunteers in their spare time, with costs met through sponsorship.


Let's hear it for the girls


Bend it like Beckham youngsters take a break from the Thursday evening training session at Nailsea School for a team photograph.

And doesn’t Nailsea Junior Football Club u10 girls look resplendent in their new red and black kit kindly sponsored by Weston College.

The team formed a year ago with just six members and now has more than 30 girls in years 4, 5 and 6 from primary schools across Nailsea. 

Some of the Year 4 and 5 girls play in the Bristol Girls U10 Friendly League.

Manager Emma Robbins said: “We all train at 5pm on a Thursday and welcome more girls from Y6 aged nine to 11 and any willing parents who may be interested in coaching the team.”

For more information Emma invites prospective players to come along on a training night or for their parents to call her on 0776 691 3070.

Bend It Like Beckham is a 2002 British comedy-drama film starring Parminder Nagra and Keira Knightley which put football for girls truly on the map.

The FA has made huge strides in creating opportunities for women and girls to play our national sport. Indeed, football is now officially the biggest female team sport in England.

Last season more than female 147,000 players competed in affiliated league and cup competitions – a figure which has risen from just 10,400 in 1993, when records started. 

Two-year-old wins skateboard trophy

Toddler Holly MacDonald was the youngest ever small person to scoot around the competition course at Nailsea community skateboard competition this week.

At an age when many children have just learned to walk this agile youngster shown off her skills on two wheels much to the amazement of those watching.

The Backwell two-year-old was awarded a very special trophy, said organiser Phil Williams.

It was third time lucky for the 12th annual Nailsea Community Skatepark Festival which had to be postponed twice due to adverse weather conditions.

But it finally went ahead at the Millennium Park on Saturday, September 6.

Phil said: “Despite some unexpected heavy showers in the morning, by the time the competitors and spectators showed up, the park was dry and the sun was shining, making for a fantastic atmosphere.”

Hundreds went to see and cheer the talented youngsters.

It is organised by Holy Trinity and Trendlewood churches and Christian Surfers UK with support from many including COIN ( Community Opportunities In Nailsea ), Nailsea Town Council, Nailsea Community Trust, North Somerset Council, Waitrose, Crazy Scooters, Shiner, Crucial BMX and Makro.

However, it proved impossible to stage the Nailsea Showcase on the third date although some stallholders including Tickenham Golf, Girls Brigade and the dance company came along.

Phil said: “The main skate park events kicked off around 2pm, with a high level of skill demonstrated throughout the events for skateboarding, rollerblading, and scooter riding.”

North Somerset MP Liam Fox and district councillor Jan Barber helped launch an £80,000 fundraising project to improve the park and full details will be reveal at an open meeting at 7.30pm on Wednesday, October 22, at Scotch Horn Centre.

A big thank you went to the many volunteers who provided refreshments, barbecue and some freshly created crêpe, by community group called We are Crepe!

Among the notable winners was Emily Holt, aged seven, who took the u11 skateboard title with another Backwell pre-schooler Flynn Holmes, three, getting second in the BMX u14s.

Nailsea’s Josh Sembhi won the 14 and under BMX , with Nathan Shipway just beating his good friend James Ashworth in the 15 and over BMX.

All the scooter categories were very tightly contested with Bradley Franklin winning the scooter 12 and under and Ryan Lynham retaining his crown by winning the scooter 13 plus.

Lloyd Wotton won the 12 -15 aged group skateboarding with professional James Threfall who began his career in Nailsea taking the 15 plus crown.

 Local YMCA worker Neil Whylie, shared about his faith and his love for skateboarding, before teacher Trudy Jones from Nailsea School awarded the trophies and prizes to all the winners.

Go to the photo gallery by clicking HERE for more photos.

PHOTO: The winning line-up for skateboard competition 2014 © Luke Parker

PHOTO: Flying high at skateboard competition © Luke Parker

Come and join us


1st Nailsea Scout Group

Activity and Training Centre, Clevedon Road, Nailsea BS48 1EH

Contact Group Scout Leader Anita Webber Tel: 01275 798431


2nd Nailsea Scout Group

Hannah More Road, Nailsea BS48 4SA

Contact Ann Parker Tel: 01275 851291


Air Training Corps 2467 (Nailsea) Squadron

The Playing Fields, Greenfield Crescent, Nailsea BS48 1HW

Tel: 01275 856503


Army Cadet Force

Cadet Hut, Greenfield Crescent, Nailsea BS48 1HW

Contact Somerset Cadet Battalion (The Rifles) ACF Tel: 01823 28448


Girlguiding in Nailsea

Rainbows, Brownies, Girl Guides and senior section

Click HERE for more information

Contact Mrs J Micciche. Tel: 01275 855018            

Nailsea Junior Football Club

Greenfield Crescent, Nailsea BS48 1HL

Call chairman Mark Evans on 0797 701 1606, secretary Emma Robbins on 0776 6 91 3070 or click HERE for more details


1st Nailsea Girls Brigade

Nailsea Methodist Church, Silver Street BS48 2DS

For further information contact Jenny: 01275 853 469 or Corrine: 01275 858 371 or click HERE



















Full 2014 results


Skate 16+

1 James Threfall,of Westbury, Wilts, 2 Ben Borrill, of  Devizes 3 Tom Cowan, of Nailsea

Skate 12-15

1 Lloyd Wotton, of Bristol, 2 Bradley Tidball, of Nailsea, 3 Louis Derrick, of Long Ashton

Skate u11

1 Emily Holt, of Malmesbury

Special awards

Best girl Boo Porter, of Nailsea

Youngest competitor Holly MacDonald, of Backwell

Scooter 12 and under

1 Bradley Franklin, of  Nailsea, 2 Tom Cowan, of Nailsea, 3 Joel Jervis, of Long Ashton

Scooter 13 and over

1 Lloyd Wotton, of Bristol. 2 Jamie Sandy, of Clevedon, 3 Colston Rafferty, of Nailsea

BMX  14 and under

1 Josh Sembhi, of Nailsea, 2 Flynn Holmes, of Backwell

BMX 15 and over

1 Nathan Shipway, of Nailsea, 2 James Ashworth, of  Nailsea, 3 Tyler Tunstall, of Bristol

1 Bradley Franklin, of  Nailsea, 2 Tom Cowan, of Nailsea, 3 Joel Jervis, of Long Ashton

Scooter 13 and over

1 Lloyd Wotton, of Bristol. 2 Jamie Sandy, of Clevedon, 3 Colston Rafferty, of Nailsea

BMX 14 and under

1 Josh Sembhi, of Nailsea, 2 Flynn Holmes, of Backwell

BMX 15 and over

1 Nathan Shipway, of Nailsea, 2 James Ashworth, of  Nailsea, 3 Tyler Tunstall, of Bristol

ART CLASS: From top left, the young people with their certificates, the display, junior artist Meg Sayer with her map, people visiting the exhibition, a more sedate winning group with owner Sharon Brown and finally the judges at work

Young people made it in North Somerset


In a crowded shop on Saturday morning young people, their parents and friends listen in anticipation as the results of the junior art competition were read out.

The young people’s art competition was staged to celebrate its first anniversary of The Blue Room arts and crafts gallery under the ownership of Sharon Brown.

The Blue Room is a social enterprise meaning any profit is reinvested back into the business.

It provides space for North Somerset artists to sell and showcase in Nailsea town centre.

Entries were invited from youngsters aged seven to 18-years for four categories from 2D, 3D, textiles and teenaged art.

The theme of the competition was North Somerset and entries ranged from maps to tickets; from Clevedon Pier to the Strawberry Line; a celebration of the beautiful area where we live.

Judges Francis Greenacre and Joanna Fairseat, of Friends of Bristol Art Gallery, together with the chairman of Nailsea Town Council retired primary school teacher Clare Hunt had a very difficult job deciding. 

Support and sponsorship came from Nailsea schools, Ewe Knit 20, estate agents Hunter Leahy, Mendip Carpets, Hudson Accountants, DentalCare @ Nailsea, Noah’s Ark zoo farm, Orchards the furniture people, Butterfly Travel PS Travel, AMS Insurance Solutions Ltd, Chew Valley School of Crafts and artist Damien Jeffery,

Later this month at The Blue Room – from Saturday to Saturday, September 13-20 -  the winners from each category will feature in an exhibition for the annual Made in North Somerset celebration.

And the public will have the opportunity to vote for 'the people's choice' their favourite.

The arts centre at Crown Glass Place runs regular workshops and support local artists through exhibiting their work.

Sharon said: “This was our first ever competition for young people and building on its success we are already planning for next year.

"We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who supported us especially our judges and sponsors but more importantly all the young people who took part.“


Children aged seven to 10 years

1 Owen Black - The Pier

2 Toby Faulkener – Portishead Lighthouse

3 Meg Sayer – Boating Lake

Children aged 10-13

1 Thomas Corcoran – Low Tide

2=Jemma Jeffery – North Somerset Doodled

2=Jemina Rogers – A Taste of North Somerset



Children aged seven to 10 years

1 Meg Sayer – North Somerset Goes Mobile

Highly commended Evie Meredith – Sky Blue Bracelet

Children aged 10-13

1 Jessica Riley – Balloons over the Bridge

2=Naomi Moore – Clevedon Collage

2=and highly commended Jack Sayer – The Local Plant



Children aged seven to 10 years

1 Christian Faulkener – Hanging out the Strawberry Line

Highly commended Meg Sayer – map

Children aged 10-13

1 Rose Jones – A Day At Clevedon


Young people aged 13-18

1 Beth Kelson – Sit Beside Me

2 Emma Simpson – Clevedon Pier

3 Tom Simpson – I love North Somerset

People's prize winner is Beth


The People's Prize was won by Backwell School student Beth Kelson.

Her handmade quilt embroided with words spoken with friends sitting on a park bench in the summer captured the imagination of the public.

The 14.-year-old comes from a creative family.

Mum Ann graduated from UWE Bower Ashton campus with a drawing and applied art degree this summer and dad Michael is a picture framer while big brother Jonathan, aged 19, is an apprentice with the Lotus F1 team.

Shop owner Sharon Brown said: "It was a close run contest with Beth winning by just one vote."

Nailsea Town Council chairman Clare Hunt was on hand to give her support.

She said: "I think Beth won because of all the effort she put in the her quilt."

Beth is pictured at The Blue Room with Sharon, Clare and friends.

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