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Community News Editors Note Spring is well and truly here and it’s the perfect time to get out and about in Clevedon.


Those with green fingers will be out in their gardens for the big push before summer, so our Home and Garden section is a great place to start for some handy tips and ideas.



The arts take centre stage in Clevedon and the surrounding towns too, with North Somerset Arts Week taking place. There are plenty of things to do to get you out of the house this Spring.

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But it was all part of a detailed marine engineering assessment of the sea wall, which has been leaking, by North Somerset Council. MARLENs also took advantage of this to carry out other essential maintenance work including dredging the lake and removing litter. The work was part of a successful bid that the council, along with Clevedon Town Council, MARLENs and Clevedon Civic Society, made to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) last year to help fund repairs to the leaking sea wall. The first round application gave the council a £40,000 grant to carry out detailed evaluation of the wall and to develop a comprehensive business plan for the project. Cllr Peter Bryant, executive member responsible for parks and open spaces, said: “We are delighted to have been successful in this lottery application. Clevedon sea front is a fantastic beauty spot and the Marine Lake is a really important part of the landscape.”

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esidents in Clevedon are being urged by North Somerset Council to give feedback on a new Sites and Policies Development Plan (DPD). The plan has been drafted by the council to make decisions about where new housing and jobs will be located and where and when new facilities and infrastructure, such as schools and roads, will be built. Clevedon Town Council is staging a district council DPD exhibition and consultation for residents on Thursday and Friday, April 4 and 5 from 10am-5pm at its offices at Old Street and people will be able to air their views.

The council wants to ensure that valued landscapes are protected; in particular green belt and areas of outstanding natural beauty and local communities are supported over the next 15 years. Residents can have their say to ensure the right development is built in the right place at the right time. The plan sits alongside the Core Strategy, the high-level planning document for the district which sets out the overall objectives and strategies and policies to guide new development up to 2026. The draft document will be shaped and changed by the feedback received.

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Exhibitions have been held across North Somerset since the end of February. Residents in Clevedon can get involved and see what is proposed at exhibitions on Thursday April 4 and Friday April 5 at the Clevedon Town Council Offices, 44 Old Street. Drop-in sessions will also take place once a week at the council office at Castlewood on Fridays until Friday, April 19, the closing date for public comments. To make comments known visit, email planning.policy@n-somerset., write to Planning Policy, North Somerset Council, Post Area 15,Town Hall, Walliscote Grove Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1UJ, or telephone 01934 426 603 Once comments have been received, the plan will be revised and further consultation undertaken before being submitted for independent examination.

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The volunteer organisation is in the running for a Queens Award for Voluntary Service, an annual award for outstanding achievement by groups of volunteers who regularly devote their time to helping others in the community, improving the quality of life and opportunity for others and providing an outstanding service. Nominations are assessed by a regional committee before being passed to a national committee for final selection and recommendation to The Queen. Chairman Jo Lea-Jones was interviewed about Clevedon Pride’s work by John Laycock, deputy Lord Lieutenant of Somerset and they have been highly recommended.

Details of the winners are announced on June 2, the anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation. Winning groups receive a certificate signed by The Queen and a commemorative piece of crystal. Since being formed, Clevedon Pride have helped with the regeneration of Queens Square

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“It came out of the blue which was nice. Julia Elton proposed us and Clevedon town councillor Carole Wring filled out the nomination.”

They are also planning a ‘Music in the Square’ event this summer for the town, which will be a six week programme for young performers.

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“It is the highest recognition a volunteer organisation can receive for its work so it’s quite an achievement to be nominated and get past the first phase.

The group also raise money for the square’s annual Christmas lights display, which was switched on last year by Daphne Fowler of BBC quiz show Eggheads, and this year they are looking to expand them.


She said: “Clevedon Pride has only been going for five years so the fact we have been nominated for such a prestigious award is fantastic.

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Community News The Barn’s ‘Donate It Day’ raises bags of smiles for CHSW


he recent Donate It Day held at The Barn youth and community centre in Clevedon has helped raise much needed funds for Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW). “New Aroma Globe” Tea light glass globes now back in stock

More than 100 bags of unwanted items ranging from clothes to children’s toys and equipment, were donated at the event and will be sold in CHSW shops, enabling the local charity to keep raising a smile for life-limited children.

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Jane Smith, CHSW retail stock generator, said: “We would like to say a big thank you to all the staff and volunteers at The Barn as well as everyone who donated items for making the Donate It Day such a success. “We had a great variety of good quality items donated so if you’re looking for a bargain head down to one of our local shops soon.”

With Spring trying to show its face, enjoy our delicious lamb and other local meats. We can trace all of our products from field to shop window and our very proud of our local suppliers. Support Suppo your local butcher.

CHSW now has 16 shops throughout the South West, including ones in Nailsea and Portishead, and relies on the support of the local community to help keep them running and well stocked. The charity welcomes donations throughout the year. Items can be dropped off at your local shop or CHSW’s PLANTATIONS CAFE Charlton Farm hospice in Wraxall. MIDDLE LANE KINGSTON SEYMOUR BS21 6XW


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Clevedon cyclists saddle up for Cancer Research UK


team of local cyclists is stepping up training and fund-raising as the start date of their charity ride from John O’Groats to Land’s End draws ever nearer. Clevedon brothers Reuben, Luke and Alex Murray have organised the two-wheeled trek in memory of their mum, Gail, who sadly passed away last year after suffering oesophageal cancer aged just 59. They will be part of a ten-strong team known as ‘GAIL FORCE TEN’ that will

set off from Scotland on May 18 and includes friends and fellow Somerset residents Paul O’Connell, Kevin Watts, Bob Croker, Steve Harvey, Nick Hides, Paul Threasher, Ceri Evans, Andrew Zikking and Simon Snook.

As part of their training, the group undertook a 250-mile, round ride to Woolacombe in Devon which certainly put their stamina and muscles to the test.

“Crossing Exmoor was a challenge and riding up a hill for four miles in the lowest gear certainly isn’t fun although great for the confidence when you get to the top.” Having surpassed their original fundraising target of £6,000, the team is now aiming to generate £10,000 in sponsorship and attract the support of local companies. Mercedes-Benz of Weston has donated the use of two Mercedes-Benz vans as support vehicles. Any businesses interested in getting involved should contact Luke Murray on 01275 876505, whilst donations can be made at teams/gailforceten

The trip resulted in six punctures, 6,000 calories per person burned and a staggering 10,000 feet of hill climbs completed. “It was tough but all part of our preparations,” said Luke Murray

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Cinema to get new chief exec


he Curzon Cinema is on the lookout for a new chief executive to lead the historic cinema through its next stage of development. The new role will combine strategic leadership with fundraising and delivering the restoration and development project.

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The Curzon had a successful centenary year in 2012 and reached the finals of the National Lottery Awards in recognition of its first restoration project, funded by a Heritage Lottery Fund grant in 2010. Gareth Negus, who was director of the Curzon since June 2007, has left the cinema but has remained as programmer and will continue to book the cinema’s films.

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Lion still roaring after 45 years


levedon Lions Club Members recently presented Lion GRAY BLOXHAM with a certificate of appreciation and an engraved Glass Tankard in recognition of a magnificent achievement of 45 years of dedicated service to the community and being the sole serving founder member. With a few friends he founded the Club in l968 and during then and until now has served in many offices and had responsibilities both within the Club and the Zone.


These include Club President five times, Zone Chairman Three Times, Regional Chairman Twice, Deputy District Governor, and he also built up Lions Leo Clubs for young people where he was District Chairman for three years. He has been honoured with the prestigious Melvyn Jones Fellowship and the Bert Mason Humanitarian awards for outstanding commitment and could fill a book with the friends and places he has been during his Lions involvement.

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Community News Flower show success despite the chill


espite the distinct chill in the air, the 55th Annual Spring Clevedon Gardeners’ Club Flower Show proved an outstanding success. A large number of people braved the elements to be met by a rainbow of colour as they entered Clevedon Community Centre. The number of exhibits and exhibitors had increased from last year, including children and young adults. Visitors were initially met by a sea of yellow daffodils, followed by impressive displays of snowdrops, crocus, hyacinths, iris and hellebores amongst others and taste buds were excited by mouth watering exhibits of bread, cakes, scones, preserves and such like. Local arts and craft skills were well

represented and there was a huge display of colourful photographs, covering a wide range of well composed subject matter.

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There were a number of stalls selling a wide assortment of books, plants and homemade cakes. Thanks must go to all the people who worked so hard to stage such a successful event and to everyone who supported it, despite the weather conditions.

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Clevedon Club goes from strength to strength


he Clevedon Pilot Gig Club has put in a strong performance at the first regatta of the year with the World Championships just around the corner. The Three Rivers Regatta was held last month by Caradon Pilot Gig Club and the Clevedon Crews exceeded all expectations and substantially bettered their seedings, which were based on the results at last year’s Newquay Championships. The Ladies B crew, in particular, leapt up 19 places on their seeded position and all performances augur well for the World Championships in the Scilly Isles next month. The Clevedon Pilot Gig Club will be represented by six crews - three mens crews and three womens crews - and a host of supporters who will be sailing over to the Scilly Isles to cheer them on in the world class event.

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he first Baby and Toddler Nearly New Sale takes place at The Barn in Clevedon on Saturday, April 6 and is a great opportunity to make some money from those items you no longer use and to grab some bargains. Up to 20 tables will be selling good quality items, from pre-loved children’s clothes, toys and equipment, at an affordable price. Refreshments will be available throughout the event.

Seller’s tables are still available for £8 per table, so to book, or for more information contact Tracey Lee on 07977932834 or TraceyLou83@ A donation from the event will be made to Macmillan Cancer Support.

It runs from 10amnoon and entry is £1 per adult and children enter for free.

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Youth & Education Busy term at Fairfield School

Year 5 children spent a Medieval Day at school with a visit from a real Knight, while pupils spoke, sang and performed for the rest of the school and family and friends at three year assemblies.


hildren at Fairfield School in Backwell have had an extremely busy term with lots going on. The school celebrated World Book Day with the Headmistress as Cruella de Ville and the staff as her dalmations as well as Red Nose Day, where the children spent the day doing various bizarre activities to raise money.

This was followed by outstanding performances in Key Stage 2 of their performance of ‘Readin, Ritin’ and Rockin.’ Fairfield has also achieved high standards academically. Year 6 pupils sat entrance exams for senior schools and were all offered a place at their chosen one.

Following on from this they enjoyed another maths challenge, many successful sporting achievements through football, netball, hockey, swimming and cross country, and the regional finals of the North Somerset Sports Hall Athletics. The children managed to experience various outings, including a trip to Raglan Castle, Bristol Zoo and Year 5 had their two night residential at Llansteffan, and had visits to the School from Toby Hulse, who is a writer and director and the Bristol Old Vic.

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competitions run by fully CRB checked exprofessional coaches. Trials are also available for the Academy.

udding Beckhams and wannabe Wayne Rooneys have the chance to learn all the skills to take them to the top with a new Soccer School this Easter Holiday. The soccer school is open to boys and girls of all abilities aged five-14 and will take place at The Hand Stadium, home of Clevedon Town AFC, from Tuesday, April 2 to Friday, April 5. It will feature academy skills, matches and

It runs from 9.30am-3.30pm and is £14 per child a day or £50 for four days. Anyone who does all four days gets a free football. For more details or to book your child a place telephone 01275 871600.

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Youth & Education Red Maids’ School brings fun to outdoor education


upils at The Red Maids’ Junior School are looking forward to an action-packed summer thanks to their well-established outdoor education programme. All the girls take part in day or residential trips between April and July, the costs of which are all included in the basic school fees. Years 3 and 4 take it in turn to visit Mendip Outdoor Pursuits for caving, climbing, canoeing and completing an assault course while Years 5 and 6 team up for a week of orienteering, absailing, raft-racing, surfing and overnight bivouacking at Skern Lodge in North Devon.

Mrs Gillian Rowcliffe, headteacher of the junior school, said: “The girls love all our outdoor education and often think they are just having fun but we know it’s also providing invaluable learning both physically and mentally. “This is a key part of the Red Maids’ teaching philosophy throughout the whole school. “Outdoor education helps develop a can-do attitude that enables our students to do whatever they put their minds to, including achieving their best academically.”


Young drummers and vocalists needed for Summer Concert

he Rock Project sessions in Clevedon are on the lookout for budding young bass guitarists to join the group as they start to prepare for their summer concert in July. Andy Collins, who runs The Rock Project, said: “We have bass guitar spaces available for 12-18 year olds that either already play or who wish to learn.” The two-hour weekly sessions are a unique and social way of learning guitar, bass guitar, drums and vocals with a one hour professional lesson followed by an hour of jamming

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Shop Locally There is no better place to shop than your local town. Clevedon Living is an avid supporter of shopping locally. The local shops are the lifeblood of our community and we are passionate about promoting their products, services and trades. Making small changes to your spending habits can help save the High Street and put more money back into the local economy.

Sweets galore at Rhubarb ‘n’ Custard


weet lovers of all ages are licking their lips after the opening of a new sweet shop in Clevedon town centre. Rhubarb ‘n’ Custard, at 2 The Triangle, has been opened by Richard Searle. Richard, who also owns jewellers Rich the Goldsmith, said: “The jewellers had been in these premises for 17 years and the place was just too big, so we moved it to 8 The Triangle, which was a better size for the business. That left us thinking ‘what can we do with this place?’ We talked to residents and looked at what Clevedon didn’t have and decided there was a real need for a good sweet shop.” But Rhubarb ‘n’ Custard is not like any

old sweet shop, it sells specialised sweets, American candy along with traditional and retro sweets sold from glass jars or wrapped individually and weighed on scales.

since their childhood.

It sells tuck shop confectionary from pic ‘n’ mix and sherbet dips to jelly babies and black jacks.

Monday-Friday from 8am-5.30pm, Saturday from 9am-5.30pm and Sunday from 10.30am-4pm.

Rhubarb ‘n’ Custard is open seven days a week:

There is also a selection of slush puppies and an extensive range of milkshakes on offer. Richard said: “It’s brilliant for the kids and we are run off our feet at around half past three when school’s out!” Grown-ups with a sweet tooth say they love the nostalgia. It’s like a trip down memory lane for them, choosing sweets they haven’t eaten

Old Fashioned Sweets Pic 'n' Mix American Candy Milkshakes Slush Puppies 2 The Triangle Clevedon Opening Times: Mon-Fri 8:00-5:30 Sat 9:00-5:30 Sun 10:30-4:00 Visit our facebook page

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McManus Williams Ltd Every month McManus Williams Limited answers some of your business and accountancy related questions. Question & Answer - Session Five Q: I’ve been hearing a lot on the news recently about the government’s pledge to crack down on tax avoidance. I’m a director of my own small company, how likely am I to be investigated really? Is there any way to reduce that risk? A: The government has indeed been making noises that it wants to tackle this issue, though much of the talk has been about high-end and fairly aggressive tax avoidance schemes. Not surprising, with billions of pounds of tax revenues at stake. It is unlikely that as a small owner managed firm you will find yourself involved or even able to qualify for such schemes. The risk of a more regular, general tax enquiry is nevertheless a real one and careful consideration should be given to your affairs if you want to enjoy a peaceful life, free from HMRC’s warm embrace.

So what are the main triggers? There can be lots of different reasons why HMRC have decided to take an interest in you. Many people immediately jump to the conclusion that the neighbour they fell out with last month has dobbed them in, but by far the most common reason is simply that the numbers don’t make sense. Random increases in costs, abnormally high costs for your industry and fluctuating profit margins can all lead to your file being ‘red flagged’ for closer inspection. Most of the time such fluctuations can be easily explained or result from genuine mistakes, but whatever the reason the tax man will want his answers.

ensure they target their manpower as effectively as possible. HMRC will never comment on their methods, but it seems fair to assume that they will have less faith in figures provided by an unrepresented individual than if they have appointed a qualified agent. Then of course if you regularly file your returns or pay your tax late you’re simply asking for trouble. The more disorganised you appear to the Revenue the less faith they will have that you’ve got the numbers right.

Some investigations are entirely random; the luck of the draw, but more often than not HMRC risk assesses businesses to

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Business Become a boxing world champion


eter Round might be well known in North Somerset for his Round Roofing business, but he’s also the man behind a series of boxing DVDs that could help local boxers realise their true potential. Champion trainer Len Woodall, who trained his son Richie into a world super middle weight champion and notched up 59 other champions in the sport, is sharing his knowledge and secrets on how to become a master of the ring.

The master champion trainer will provide you with the skills, right mindset, body conditioning and discipline to be the best. Could you start the steps that could make you into Clevedon’s first boxing world champion? Visit for more details.

Still time for deckchair comp There is still another month to submit your deckchair designs for a competition and charity auction that will raise funds to go towards the building of a new all weather Visitor Centre on Clevedon Pier. Volunteers have organised Deckchair Design Competition and artists, designers and craftspeople are invited to submit their ideas for designs for a deckchair.



Organisers are really keen for students in schools and colleges to send their artwork too, as the best designs will be made up into full size deckchairs for an exhibition at the Tollhouse Gallery at Clevedon Pier in August. The closing date for the submissions of design ideas is Sunday, May 5, which will enable the artwork to be assessed by the panel of judges and the winning designs will be exhibited. Each winner will receive a full size deckchair to keep. The winning deckchairs on display will then be auctioned in the Clevedon Pier’s Charity Auction planned to take place in October. Details of how to enter are available from www. or by contacting the pier on 01275 878846. tollhouse gallery CLEVEDON PIER

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Arts Week


rt lovers in North Somerset are in for a treat next month as North Somerset Arts Week will be taking place.

More than 200 artists throughout North Somerset will be opening their homes or studios or staging group shows in a variety of venues for the biennial event that is a celebration of the arts in the region with the aim of showcasing local artists and making art accessible to a wide public audience. During the 10 days, from Friday, May 3-Sunday, May 12, an estimated 1020,000 people are expected to visit the 120 plus venues on the Arts Trail You will find art to suit every taste and pocket and it’s a great place to find emerging talent alongside established names, giving you a fabulous choice to find a piece of art to love.

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Royal Academicians’ work on view at Clevedon Pier


he Tollhouse Gallery at Clevedon Pier is staging its third Open Art Exhibition between Wednesday, April 17 and Tuesday, May 7 in support of North Somerset Arts Week. Local artists are invited to submit paintings, prints and drawings for selection by judges by bringing them to the Tollhouse Gallery between

10.30-1pm on Saturday, April 13. Forms to enter this open exhibition are available from the Clevedon Pier website at or by contacting the Gallery Coordinator on 01275 878846. Entry is free to the exhibition and the gallery welcomes enquiries from artists and craftspeople about renting the gallery in 2013.

A free full-colour brochure is widely available in Clevedon in the library, Curzon Cinema, Community Centre, Heritage Centre, Clevedon Pier, and local shops with full details, including opening times for each venue.

Clevedon Venues This year in Clevedon there are eight venues, plus two in Kingston Seymour. On show are most forms of visual art and craft including batiks, ceramics, glassart, illustrations, jewellery, paintings, leathercraft, photography, floral art, handmade bags, knitwear, sculpture, wooden furniture and textile art. Clevedon Venues: THE CRAFT CENTRE (10 studios) LAKEHOUSE BARN, Colehouse Lane BLUE BOX STUDIO, 22 Halswell Road; Gabbie Gardner Jewellery, 38 Cannons Gate PYNE POINT ARTS & CRAFTS, 7 Pyne Point BEACH POTTERY, 14 The beach COACH HOUSE STUDIO, 11a Bellevue Road SUNSET HOUSE GLASS & TEXTILES,54 Dial Hill Road KINGSTON SEYMOUR VILLAGE HALL PEAR TREE ARTS, Back Lane, Kingston Seymour

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Whats On The final concert of Clevedon Music Club’s 2012-13 season takes place on Tuesday, April 19, and features a recital from Bristol-based pianist André Shlimon that will include music by Haydn and Debussy.

Spring Fair Clevedon Pride hosts a Spring Fair in Queens Square, Clevedon, on Saturday, April 20.

It will take place after the Club’s short AGM and the evening begins at 7.30 pm in the Teignmouth Room at the Clevedon Community Centre.

The fair will be celebrating the season with lots of great stalls, including a handbag one, and music, with all money raised going back into the town.

The Club has presented a number of live concerts by outstanding musicians and is looking forward to its next season of concerts which starts in September. For details keep reading your Clevedon Living, or telephone 01275 879099.

Tickets are £7 and visitors are welcome at the door.

It will run from 10am-2pm.

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Band in a bookshop Bookshops are notoriously quiet places, but for one day this month Clevedon Community Bookshop in Copse Road will be a bit louder than usual. It plays host to The Bookshop Band, who feature at the Bath Literary Festival, on Tuesday, April 16. The band began as collaboration with Bath’s very own Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights, where they play songs inspired by books at author events.

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Health & Beauty Community News What’s On


Are you a super sleuth?

f you are one of those people who sit in front of crime dramas on the television and proceed to work out who the culprit is before the detective does, then your skills will be put to the ultimate test thanks to the Clevedon Players.

The Players next production is Death in High Heels and they are inviting them, in the interval, to guess Whodunnit and Why, with a small prize for the best audience detective. Prizes will be one per night, drawn at random if they find they have a whole audience full of super sleuths. They are looking for the amateur ‘Clevedon Columbo’, the ‘Sexton Blake of the Stage’, the ‘Mr Monk of Murders’. The show takes place at the Princes Hall, Princes Road, from Thursday, April 4-Saturday, April 6 from 7.30pm. Tickets are £8, concessions for senior citizens and under 18s £6 on the Thursday only, and they are available from 0781-615-8445.

Clevedon Spring Concert


ollowing Clevedon Choral Society’s sell-out success at Christmas, its Spring concert will again be at the superbly restored and acoustically excellent Christchurch, Clevedon on Saturday, April 20. Recently appointed Director, Iain Hallam leads the concert accompanied by Richard Lennox, the South West’s acclaimed performer on piano and organ. A string quartet and invited soloists will join the choir in a programme of diverse and exciting choral pieces including music by Benjamin Britten to mark the 100th anniversary of this great English composer’s birth. It will start at 7.30pm and further information and tickets are available from Anne Richards 01275 462822, at anne_ robinrichards@, or on the door.

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Proposed Trips 2013

To Book: contact Merryn Gillam Tel: 01275 543721 Mob: 07966 486251 Email: Pick up Points: Clevedon Six Ways, Water Tower on the Downs, Henleaze Road layby by Eastfield, Westbury Village opposite Co-op, Canford Lane Trips with Asterisk* are coach only Executive coaches Flat 7 Averill Court, 37a Hill Road, Clevedon BS21 7NE


Beginners Dance class in Rock’n’Roll & Quickstep a Six Week Course. Starting on Thursday 11th April at the Triangle Club, Clevedon 8.30-9.30pm Classes for Beginners & Intermediate available on other evenings.


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here’s only one place to go in Clevedon for great food and the right atmosphere – The Bristol Inn.

A warm welcome awaits at the family friendly pub, situated on Chapel Hill, and whether you want a drink with friends, a meal, an afternoon watching the sport or a family get together in the garden, it’s all here for you and the Bristol Inn delivers on so many levels.


Chapel Hill, Clevedon. Tel. 01275 872073


When it comes to food they offer delicious, fresh quality food at an affordable price and all the food is sourced locally.

To save customers some much needed money, they are offering two selected main meals for £7.99, a roast chicken family platter that feeds a family of four for £20, and a popular carvery on a Sunday for £7.95 per head between noon-3pm. The venue also lends itself to going for a drink with friends, and has an ambiance all of its own thanks to new furniture giving the place a smart, up to date look, and a snug with a roaring open fire. The Bristol Inn is one of only two sports pubs in Clevedon and features two 3D TVs for all of the live sports events and hosts Super League darts every week.

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Health & Beauty Exercise of the Month: L e g B l a s t e r S q u a t s

Every month top personal trainer Matt Bembridge, AKA Gym Professor, provides an exercise of the month for readers to try. This month he talks you through Leg Blaster Squats. lthough children often demonstrate the perfect squat, many adults will struggle through lack of strength, poor flexibility, and/or a pre-existing injury. More alike to a Hack Squat, Leg Blaster Squats offer many of the benefits of squatting while reducing stress on the lower back and knees. They are a perfect introduction for developing your thighs and building lower body strength and can prove taxing for many advanced athletes too by simply increasing the repetitions or adding weight. To perform the exercise at home, a doorframe, post, or secure handrail can be used for support. The latter will prove more comfortable. In a gym environment, an equipment machine upright or a locked-in smith-bar is suitable. Take a firm hold of your support (doorframe, handrail, etc.) with your toes in-line with your hands. Your hands should naturally fall around hip-height. Your feet should be shoulder-width apart and facing forward. Ensuring a tight hold of your support, lean back. Then, bend your knees ever-so-slightly, taking the strain onto your thighs. This is the exercise startposition.


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Inhale, and bend your knees – lowering yourself down until your thighs are parallel (if comfortable, further, as pictured). This is the exercise mid-postion. Exhale, as you extend your knees to assume the startposition. Repeat as appropriate. Healthy beginners of a normal weight should struggle to perform 10 repetitions for 2 sets, but should quickly improve. Advanced trainers should struggle to perform 30 to 50 repetitions for 4 sets. To read this article in full, please scan the QR code or visit Leg Blaster Squats are one of hundreds of exercise examples featured on Matt’s free-todownload workout app and free-onlineresource. You can also follow Matt on Facebook ( Fan Page) or Twitter (@GymProfessor).


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Fit Feet

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s the Society of Shoe Fitters launches Keep Feet Fit Week starting on March 25, family

footwear retailer SoleLution will be holding two weeks of activities to encourage members of the community to look after their feet. Keep Feet Fit Week has been organised to raise the profile of why it is so important to look after our feet, in particular those of our children, by ensuring we wear appropriate and well fitting shoes. Urban Spray Tan The number of people suffering from complaints that Save £5.00 (normally £27.00) (Valid 1st - 30th April 2013, T & C’s apply) can be attributed ___________________ to ill-fitting and/ We are taking part in or inappropriate KEEP FEET FIT WEEK footwear is on the rise. 25th March-6th April Book in for taster reflexology sessions at Soleluuon, These range from the more obvious bunions in-salon offers also available. ___________________ and hammer toes to Tonic Gii Vouchers available the less obvious neck, back, shoulder, hip, Late openings unnl 8pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays Car parking faciliies available for clients knee and leg aches and pains and even 01275 843 554 2 Combe Road, Porrshead, BS20 6BJ migraines. More Web: worrying is that these conditions Email: are being seen by GPs and members of the Society of Chiropodists and National Shoe Fitting Week Podiatrists in patients at much earlier age than starting 25th March 2013 aever before. Why not join SoleLution in celebrating the importance of keeping


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Pop in, take part and see the fantastic range of shoes and sandals we offer for ALL the family

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your feet fit at their High Street store from 25th March to 6th April! The shop has teamed up with Tonic Hair and Beauty House and reflexologist Katharina Yeadon, Clifton Medi Spa and local chiropodists to provide “Ask the Experts” and treatment taster sessions. These can be pre-booked by contacting SoleLution. For the reflexology, there is a small £5 booking fee for the session which can be redeemed when a full treatment is booked before the end of April. Receive 20% off your shoes when you book a foot treatment at Tonic or reflexology with Katharina Yeadon or 20% off your foot treatment or reflexology when you buy a pair of shoes at SoleLution. During the celebrations there will be numerous competitions, including a design a shoe contest, a colouring competition and free prize draw. At SoleLution, all the staff are trained to fit shoes. They offer a free measuring and fitting service for Children from their first steps to school and are more than happy to give advice to adults. “When we decided to open SoleLution, I wanted to ensure that we were able to provide the proper advice and help to those buying footwear, particularly to parents looking for shoes for their children, so I trained with the Society of Shoe Fitters. To find out more about SoleLution and Keep Feet Fit week pop in to SoleLution or visit

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Health & Beauty Fantastic Low Cost Gym Membership


e are all affected by the rising cost of living and it’s no surprise that people are looking to make cuts to their expenditure wherever they can. The first things to go are often the luxuries – meals out, beauty treatments, things that are not regarded as a necessity. Some people might include gym membership in this category, yet experts suggest that in these difficult financial times, maintaining health and well being can be even more important than ever. Strode Leisure Centre is working hard to support those who want to exercise regularly, but need to budget their monthly out goings.

The benefits of their £19.99 per month gym only membership are unlimited use of the gym,

an induction, 100 per cent money back guarantee, and a short term commitment. In addition to gym only membership they also have swim membership for those who enjoy training in the pool and an all-inclusive kinetika membership which covers gym, swimming and our extensive programme of group exercise classes. For more information telephone 01275 879 242 or email

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Racoon International supplies 100% ethically sourced hair extensions to clients who want an instant, glamorous, A-list look. Racoon International’s bonded system allows your natural hair to be easily and safely blended and lengthened. The multi-award-winning system is scientifically proven not to damage hair thanks to a unique inert polymer bond - non-allergy synthetic - which leaves no trace or residue. The hair is applied over four hours, but can last from six to twelve months with regular maintenance appointments. The bonding material containing natural products, such as pine kernel and orange peel extracts - is translucent and about the size of a grain of rice. As it takes on the colour of your own hair, the bonds are virtually invisible. Call us and arrange a FREE consultation with Megan or Emma. Please see our page for before and after photo’s.

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Home & Garden Avrils is more than just fencing


vrils Fencing And Timber is not just fencing supplies and the Clevedon based business has plenty of new stock for the spring season.

vrils Fencing Timber Products

RILS is a new company selling posts are redwood and either 2ex or side of house, an entrance, eld or cing and Timber Products, we 4ex log to minimise splits. Featheredge a pair for the driveway. Softwood or e 18 years experience in the Panels and Boards for closeboard hardwood and these can also be mber and Fencing trade. fencing. Good quality Redwood made to order. We stock goods to suit the Decking with Structural treated New in Stock de and DIY, from your budding timbers for your building needs. There’s always something new deners and Landscapers to Farmers Farmers and Equestrian at Avril’s. New in stock this month Equestrian. A selection of Cundy Peeled or you will nd decking components to Good quality products at Trade machined Stakes and Rails are held compliment the lSOmm x 32mm es and a Delivery service in the in stock along with Stock Fence and quality redwood decking. They have rth Somerset areas. Barbed Wire. newels with nished tops, spindles and side of entrance, along eld or Ycompany selling posts are redwood and Weeither also 2ex holdor 150mm x house, 22mm an handrails with various sizes of er westock4ex log to minimiseYorkshire splits. Featheredge a pair Softwood WeProducts, have a large of Decorative Boarding, Post and for Rail.the driveway. treated timberfororbearers. perience the along Panels with and aBoards for closeboard hardwood and theseYou can will alsoalsobend in stock, used els and inTrellis Sheds trade. Good quality order. ssure treated heavyfencing. duty panels. Avril’s Redwood Fencing made and toTimber railways sleepers for features in the ds to Treated suit theTimbers Decking with Products Structural provides treatedgood New in Stock ts and to create quality sheds garden as well as a square softwood m your budding timbers for your building needs.sizes or made There’s alwayssection, something r Garden Ideas, with sleepers in standard to order. plusnew Cundy peeled and capers FarmersWe Farmers and Equestrian at Avril’s. which New in stock this half/round month stakes and rails. ƒ raisedto beds. have Gates, Various styles are available machined A selection of Cundy Peeled or you will  nd decking components to hes, Decking, Shiplap and some come in weatherboard or tongue and oducts at Trade to machined Stakes grooved. and Rails Field are shelters held compliment the lSOmm x 32mm sual Furniture compliment and stables are ry service in Ifthe in stockrequire along with Stock Fenceto and r creations. you should also available order. quality redwood decking. They have as. Wire. newels with nished tops, spindles and adesman to do yourBarbed work we can Avril’s has tanalised claddings, sheet We the alsojobhold materials, 150mm xtimbers 22mmand handrails along withWe various sizes of surrounding deliver in the ommend someone to suit felt, to enable ock of Decorative Yorkshire Boarding,you Posttoandrefresh Rail. an existing treated timberfor areas and now except card uired. shed or if bearers. along with a Sheds will also nd in stock,There used are new payments. ade you prefer to build yourYou own. avy duty panels. Avril’sare Fencing and Timber railways sleepers for featurescoming in the in every week, products Our Heavy Duty Panels of Gates imbers to create Products provides good quality sheds garden as well as a square softwood erb quality and are fully pressure There is a large range of gates to check out what’s new , with in standard sizes or madefrom, to order. peeled and at ated withsleepers battens both sides. Our choose whethersection, it is forplus the Cundy We have Gates, Various styles are available which machined half/round stakes and rails. ƒ hiplap and some come in weatherboard or tongue and to compliment grooved. Field shelters and stables are u should require also available to order. our work we can Avril’s has tanalised claddings, sheet ne to suit the job materials, timbers and felt, to enable We deliver in the surrounding you to refresh an existing shed or if areas and now except card payments. There are new you prefer to build your own. products coming in every week, y Panels are of Gates are fully pressure There is a large range of gates to check out what’s new both sides. Our choose from, whether it is for the at

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For the keen gardener there are several styles of sleepers to choose from, the old railway sleepers, square softwood or oak and now a Barked version at only £12.50 plus vat. This style has been very popular as raised beds for the vegetable gardener. They have large stocks and a wide range of Panels and posts, from heavy duty pressure treated brown overlap to many styles of Decorative panels and Trellis. Visit to see the variety they keep at the keenest prices around. If you are looking to create or tidy an area quickly Avrils keep in stock all the treated timbers you need to build a softwood deck, with Hardwood available within a couple of days. Visit Avrils at Whitehouse Farm, Davis Lane, Clevedon, BS21 6TG or call 01275 400155.

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Make your front garden sparkle


ith spring arriving, homeowners are starting to take a fresh look at their gardens after the winter period. Front gardens often get overlooked and can be seen as the poor relation to the back garden. However they are probably the most important area for improving the appearance of your property with the added benefit that you will see the improvements as you pass through this garden each and every day. With planning regulations affecting many aspects of a front garden, it’s well worth getting some professional help if you are thinking of re-planning your property frontage. Front boundaries, drives, outbuildings and some aspects of drainage are all subject to planning restrictions. Terrey Maufe of Outerspace Garden Design and Build, said: “Front gardens can still be green and inviting spaces even if they need to provide parking and storage. “It’s often impractical to mow grass at the front of a property so it takes careful planning to balance all the practical considerations with appropriate and attractive planting.”

It may be that your front garden enjoys the best aspect of sunshine at a particular time of day, so having somewhere to sit can help to create a focal point and a sense of a ‘living space’. There’s also no reason why a front garden can’t be a productive space, growing fruit and some vegetables is certainly a possibility in some gardens and can be integrated into the overall design of the space. A small garden tree such as a Sorbus ‘Joseph Rock’ or Amelanchier lamarkii can really bring some scale into the space as well as screening from the road or neighbours, whereas carefully located lighting can highlight specific features and create a warm welcome home. Outerspace offers fixed priced design packages that include a client briefing session, site survey and assessment and design presentation. Design costs can be confirmed following an initial consultation where indicative budgets can be established.

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Mike knows his stuff


hen you’ve been in the horticultural machinery business for as long as Mike Taylor, you certainly know your stuff.

Mike runs Mike Taylor Machinery, which has been based at Southfield Road Trading Estate since the spring of 2011 and is now well established in NCM PROPERTY SERVICES Nailsea, and he has been in the • Kitchen and Bathroom Specialists business for more than 30 years. • All Roofing Projects


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He provides servicing and repairs and can also supply a wide range of new and reconditioned garden machinery, and is supported by a professional team of technicians who are more than happy to provide help and advice. They now stock the Atco range of mowers for domestic use. As well as selling equipment they also service and repair all garden machinery from small hedge cutters to ride on mowers.



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Home & Garden Let the Fairies work their magic


o busy or just want a reliable person to clean for you well. Fortunately help is at hand thanks to Clevedon resident Jessica McManus. The married mum of two started up cleaning company Leave it to the Fairies, a friendly, trustworthy and reliable service. Leave it to the Fairies offers a fresh and flexible approach to providing cleaning services. They will do anything around the home that makes people’s busy lives just that little bit easier, from standard cleaning to ironing, washing, bed changes - you name it - as

regularly or irregularly as needed. Jessica, 28, said: “After having my second daughter Evie I knew I really wanted to go back to work. “It was very important though that whatever job I took on worked well around my family commitments. That’s why I started Leave it to the fairies.” Having the fairies in to clean is fun too because they leave fairy cakes behind after every visit, so when you sit down with a cup of tea in your clean home after a long hard day, you can enjoy a treat too. If you would like to find out more email Jessica@ leaveittothefairies. and let the fairies work their magic for you.

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A Very Brown Hedge Indeed!

Aphids are one of the commonest and most troublesome of all garden insect pests. They attack a large number of garden plants throughout the country and recently have been causing much disfigurement to ornamental Conifer hedges. Commonly referred to as Greenfly and Blackfly these aphids feed on hedges, sucking the sap of the plant and can spread several viruses, causing severe die back. The current troublesome aphid is the Cypress Aphid which predominantly affects Conifer hedging. The damage inflicted on conifer hedges by the aphid Cinara cupressi is severe and can lead to large brown patches on the hedge which leads to localised foliage death, reducing the aesthetic look of the hedge. As the aphid is active from May to October it is important to catch this problem early and apply treatments to stop its spread. At the first sign of brown patches telephone Bartlett Tree Experts for a free consultation and professional advice on 01275 371000. a complete and comprehensive tree care service since 1907

Tree & Shrub Pruning | Planting | Tree Removal Hedge Cutting | Stump Grinding | Woodland Management Health & Safety Reports | Disease & Insect Control For a free consultation please contact your local arborist Chris Gill

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Motors Study reveals British Cars lose value fastest


ritish cars lose more than half of their value over 4 years, according to research from car search engine The research, conducted earlier this year, analysed more than 600,000 used car ads indexed on Adzuna from across UK locations, extracting asking prices for the most popular models. The price was then placed against new car prices from 2009, resulting in a ‘depreciation score’ for every car.

British car brands have lost their value faster than cars from any other country in Europe, losing on average 51% of their worth over four years, while French cars follow closely behind on 49%. German and Italian cars hold their value better, falling just 40% over the same period. The cars that keep their value the most over time are Volkswagen Polos and SMART cars as they retain three quarters of their new price after four years.

Don’t Forget....


fleet of stunning Marcos sports cars will be at the Salthouse Fields in Clevedon on Sunday, April 14, providing a rare chance for car nuts to see them. Marcos enthusiasts and owners are bringing their cars down as part of a weekend to help celebrate Marcos founder Jem Marsh’s 83rd birthday. The cars will be at the Salthouse Fields from 10am-4pm and visitors will be able to see up to 50 cars from the early 60s up to the late 2000’s, including Marcos Coupe’s, GTs and the Mini Marcos range. There will also be a central marquee where visitors can find out more about the cars.

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