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ommunt es Editors Note School is well and truly out and we hope you are enjoying the summer holidays. Whether you are young or old, there is always plenty to do in and around Clevedon and in this issue we have pleasure in bringing you plenty of ideas on how to fill your spare time throughout August. Clevedon Flower Show takes place this month, along with the Lifeboat Day on Clevedon Pier and you can also find out where to walk this month in North Somerset. Don’t forget this is your magazine please use it to let everybody konw what events are coming up in the area each month. Keep your letters, photos and competition entries coming. Enjoy the hottest summer I can remember for a long time.

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Third raft race for Marlens

he third Marlens Marine Lake Festival Raft Race will take place on Sunday, September 15 and there is still plenty of time to enter.

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Last year’s race, which always takes place on the Sunday of the festival, drew huge crowds with entries including six teams that competed in two rounds and the winners racing in a final.

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The race is lots of fun so why not start building your raft today? You can make it as complicated or simple as you like. The event happens on Clevedon’s Marine Lake, with setting up starting at 12.30pm for the races to begin at 1pm. There are trophies and cash prizes for the winners. The entry fee is £10 per team/raft and you can enter by emailing If you leave it until the day to enter it costs £12.

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The race is part of the annual three day Marine Lake Festival which is organised by non-profit making organisation Marlens, the local community organisation devoted to the restoration and renovation of Clevedon’s seafront.

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ommunt es Clevedon pupils excel in public speaking comp


he Walton Park Hotel was the setting on a beautiful summers evening for the Public Speaking Competition 2013 which featured pupils from Clevedon School. The event was organised and financed by the Clevedon Yeo Rotary Club. Years 8, 9 and 10 were able to enter the preliminary rounds and of those 500 plus students, 17 finalists were selected. The topics were very wide ranging and all of the students worked hard on writing well-structured speeches and then practiced delivering them with confidence and meaning. Some of the students showed

real professionalism in their approach to the competition and others showed huge courage overcoming nerves and emotions. The 17 finalists were Jonathan Gathercole, Lucy Bushrod, Callum Clemas, Billie Davies, David Bell, Ellie Stanfield, Kit Miller, Martha Dommett, Aiman Wynne, Josh Fowler, Brent Manners, Inca McDonald, Nick bray, Jess Eason, Jack Hayter, Billy Blackall and Harriet AllgroveRalph. A strong team of judges, which included Steve Molloy, Sally Webber, Colin Hill and Alister Christopher, selected the winning speeches. The winner was Martha

Dommett for an exquisitely crafted and professionally delivered speech on a charity called Toilet Twinning. Second place was awarded to Aiman Wynne, who spoke confidently, amusingly and movingly about Malaysia and David Bell who did a beautifully prepared and rousing talk on giving to charity. Third place went jointly to Josh Fowler with a thoughtful speech on religion and Billy Blackall who delivered a well written and slickly executed speech on parental control.

Volunteers required for community resilience


orth Somerset Council is looking to appoint a small number of dynamic and charismatic volunteers to help make communities safer and stronger in a groundbreaking project. The appointments are part of the Community Resilience North Somerset programme and volunteers who have a management/ leadership background at a strategic level are

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required to help lead and develop community resilience across the district. Town and parish councils throughout North Somerset are currently working with Community Resilience North Somerset to help build a communities capacity to respond to an emergency. The programme is actively supported by the emergency services, Environment Agency, North Somerset Levels Internal Drainage Board and the Director of Public Health. Visit www. for more details or for an informal discussion E T contact Ian H T S M Wilson, N U O UG r Emergency F A a F H Manager, ye y O 6T 1 eir 2 rsar % on 01934 0 e & h t iv 2 TH 426706. As ann 15

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ommunt es Flower show to bloom once more shows, being held in places such as Herbert Gardens, Clevedon Community Centre and the YMCA Hall. Last year’s event attracted around 3000 people despite the weather and the standard of exhibits is again expected to be extremely high. It opens from 1-6.30pm on the Saturday and from 10am-5pm on the Sunday. For more information, visit


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ocal Army Cadet Force units across North Somerset are looking for adult volunteers. With around 46,000 cadets, aged 12-18, in 1,700 locations in communities all over the UK, the ACF is one of the country’s largest voluntary youth organisations and currently have around 8,500 enthusiastic and committed adult volunteers. They are on the lookout for more and there are local ACF units in Nailsea, Clevedon, Portishead, Burnham, Cheddar, Yatton and two in Weston. No particular experience is required, you do not need a military background and all training


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ne of the major events in the Clevedon calendar takes place this month. The Clevedon Flower Show and Festival, organised by the Clevedon Horticultural Society, will run on Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August 25 on the Salthouse Fields. The show will feature more than 300 classes including floral, locally grown vegetables and fruit, beer, cider and wine classes, photography, craft, home economics, senior citizens, novice classes and children’s classes all housed in a huge marquee. There will also be a number of trade and craft stands, inside and outside of the marquee, and a refreshments bar. Non-stop entertainment for all the family includes marching band, tribute acts, dog displays, classic cars and plenty of things for youngsters to do. Over the years the society has organised 115




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ommunt es Stars back pier’s deckchair design exhibition


elebrities and a Royal West of England Academician have lent their support to Clevedon Pier’s Deckchair Design Exhibition and Charity Auction.

Rock band The Stranglers, TV star Giles Bradreth, Neil Murison RWA and others waiting to be confirmed at the time of going to press took up the design challenge with the exhibition featuring their designed deckchairs. Trustees of Clevedon Pier were delighted at the high quality designs submitted in the Trust’s newest art venture, which challenged artists of all ages to design a deckchair for the Tollhouse Gallery’s summer exhibition and charity auction, which runs from Friday, July 26-Tuesday, August 20. Judges had tremendous difficulty agreeing the winning designs to be made up into deckchairs. The finalists were chosen from more than 150 images submitted not only by talented local North Somerset artists but also produced by artists from as far away as Cornwall and

Buckinghamshire. Three North Somerset primary schools responded to a specially devised Critical Skills Challenge aimed at Key Stage 1 and Key stage 2 pupils and each school has had a design selected as a finalist, with work from children as

young as five years old being submitted. The celebrity chairs will be auctioned to raise money for the pier’s charity, whilst the finalists will each receive their chair as a prize, after the exhibition ends. The charity auction will be run as a silent auction and the public can bid for the celebrity chairs via or by visiting the gallery and completing a bidding form. Winners’ names and their designs can be viewed on the pier’s website and copies of these designs may also be ordered as full size or child size deckchairs via the Pier’s shop. There will be two free late night openings during the exhibition, on Friday, July 26 and Friday, August 16, when the trustees will provide free admission to the pier until 8pm. Entry to the Tollhouse Gallery, shop and art exhibition is free and opening hours are 10am5pm weekdays and 10am-6pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

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ommunt es Clevedon club helps brighten up seafront


he green fingered members of a local club in Clevedon have been doing their bit to brighten the seafront area by devoting time to planting bedding plants at visible locations. The Rotary Club of Clevedon Yeo were supplied the plants by the local authority and have devoted a considerable number of hours to the project, concentrating on the beds by

the entrance to the Salthouse fields and the toilet block on the seafront. Club member Mike Lindsay said: “We were allocated an area to look after and through the supply of the plants and our member’s toil we hope we’ve done a little bit towards making Clevedon a better place to live, work and visit. It is the type of activity we relish.”

Somerset Freemasons support Great Western Air Ambulance


he Somerset Freemasons have donated £2,000 towards a campaign to get the Great Western Air Ambulance a new helicopter for them to continue with their invaluable lifesaving service. Their existing air ambulance is the oldest Air Ambulance still in service in the UK, having been designed in the 60s and is slow, small and not too secure. The campaign is to raise £250,000

towards leasing a new helicopter which will be four minutes faster from the Bristol base to the scene of an incident in North Somerset. On average, an Air Ambulance is scrambled every ten minutes in the UK and this critical cutting of travelling time could save lives. These operate almost entirely from donations such as the Freemasons’

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ommunt es Gromit in church window


agle-eyed Clevedon residents will have spotted a Gromit sculpture in the window of Clevedon Baptist Church in Queens Square. As part of the trail of 70 Gromits which will be auctioned off to raise funds for the Children’s Hospital in Bristol, the church has a 4’one which was secured and painted from

a winning design for a competition at Clevedon School. Gromit Unleashed is a public art trail of giant Gromit sculptures designed by international artists which will be running until September and schools in the area were invited to take part.

Lifeboat Day on Pier


levedon Pier hosts its annual Lifeboat Day on Sunday, August 4. Last year’s event, proved a huge success and raised around £1,000. Some of the local emergency services will be on show, including lifeboats from Portishead, Weston and Barry, and they will be demonstrating their rescue skills. There will also be stalls, music, the Bristol Pipe Band and Punch ‘n Judy. Before all that, on Friday, August 3, Skittles on the Pier will take place and you can come and watch local teams compete to win the trophy. Then on Friday, August 16, Clevedon Pier would like to invite everyone to an open evening from 5.30-8.30pm.

Somerset Cream Teas first season with ‘The Rolling Scones’ Joehis Brakes travelling Cream Tea Wagon has been an amazing success. People


unshine and a Somerset Cream Tea has to be the perfect recipe for any event !

have loved the Van but loved the Cream Teas even more says Joe.... they are truly scrumptious with Scones, Jam and Cream all made locally in Somerset. Joe can bring that retro/traditional feel to your event and of course everyone loves a cream tea. Somerset Cream Teas can cater for any event big or small……and can also supply straw bales for your rustic seating!

Joe is already taking bookings for next year for Weddings, Parties etc and advises early booking

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ommunt es Aquathlon success on lake


he sixth annual Aquathlon saw contestants brave the waters at Marine Lake and then run along the promenade at Clevedon. The event, organised by the Marine Lake Enthusiasts Society (MARLENS), is a swim and run event for individuals or teams to tackle. This year the race was followed by a “have-a-go” session on Marine Lake with canoes, sailing dinghies and zorbs, while Clevedon Brass provided musical entertainment.

There was also an opportunity for people to try their hand at navigating a radio-controlled model boat around a tricky course in the model boat pond. Aquathlon photos credited to:

Lions Club news

The Clevedon Lions Club would like to thank everyone who helped raise money at their recent community fair held at the Barn, with special thanks to the stallholders and Annie Smith for their invaluable help. The money will be used in helping to purchase a new defibrillator which will be for public use and sited locally. The Lions are saying goodbye to their current President Lion Alan Harker and his wife Tracy who are re-locating and would like to thank them and wish them all the best for the future. Lion Sue Miller will take over the helm. The club is now actively involved in welcoming any members of the community who are interested in finding out more about their aims in helping those who are less fortunate. If you are interested, telephone Sue on 878983, Gray on 874997 or John on 875588 for a friendly chat.

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duaton Shopping for school shoes Advice from Tanya Marriott, owner of family footwear shop SoleLution in Portishead


hopping for correctly fitted school shoes can be a laborious task, especially as the children would usually much rather be out playing! BUT it is important! Children wear their school shoes from Monday to Friday, for at least seven hours a day. Here are some tips to help make the whole experience a little less painful. • Be prepared to wait. Unfortunately this is our busiest time for children’s shoes. We like to give each family the best service we can and that includes those in the queue

ahead of you! First thing in the morning and late-afternoon tend to

be quieter. • Come prepared – don’t forget to bring socks, although we do have some in stock. • Your child’s feet are likely to grow over the summer holidays, so although we don’t advise leaving it to the last minute, it may not be advisable to buy in the first few days of the holidays. • No challenge is too great! We stock a wide range of brands, including Start-rite, Angry Angels, Hush Puppies, Ricosta, Geox and Pediped, from a junior size 7 to an adult 8 for girls and a 10 for boys in most width fittings. We can

order from most of our suppliers, if we can’t find a fit from stock. • Ask the child to wear them around the house to make sure they are comfy, but remember, keep the box and receipt. If you’ve any concerns, come back. We are more than happy to have another check. • Once everyone’s happy, put on some polish and wear them in. Remember their feet may have been in trainers or sandals for six weeks and won’t like being back in school shoes straight away. SoleLution also like to give something back to you through their loyalty scheme and to the schools via their School Voucher Scheme - every pair of shoes for schools means a £1 donation to your school.

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duaton Free early-education for two-year-olds


arents in North Somerset are being urged to sign up for a government scheme which provides up to 15 hours per week of free earlyeducation. From September parents could be entitled to up to 570-hours a year of free early-education for their two-year-old child with a North Somerset quality childcare provider. Research highlights the key role of families and the importance of high-quality early childcare in supporting children’s learning and development. The foundation years from birth to five are critical to children’s life chances. Most children who are developing well at the end of their foundation years go on to achieve well in both school and life. To qualify for the

scheme you need to be receiving either income support, income based job seekers allowance, income related employment support allowance, child tax credit and support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.

Backwell School celebrates outstanding Ofsted


ackwell School has celebrated its second outstanding Ofsted inspection in a row. A team of inspectors visited the school and sixth form earlier this year and were so impressed they gave it the highest rating, Outstanding, in all categories, including achievement, behaviour and safety, teaching and leadership. It is even more impressive considering the school was judged to be outstanding in 37 of 39 categories in the last inspection in November 2008. The standards expected by Ofsted for schools to be Outstanding are now even higher and more challenging under the current inspection framework, making Backwell School’s achievement even better.

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out Stagecoach students get top marks


tagecoach students from North Somerset were awarded top marks in their recent performing arts exams. Administered by Performing Arts Awards, the exams measure a student’s individual achievement in singing, dance and drama skills during a timed performance with their peers. Principal Heidi Hollis said: “Our results are astonishing. Every one of the 93 students entered earned well above the standard pass mark.” “Sixty-three were awarded merits, showing strong skill, and 30 were awarded distinctions for excellence in the performing arts.” “I’m especially proud of our eldest students. Rosie and Taynee took on a huge challenge with Grade 6, and they both got distinctions. They’ve earned valuable UCAS points and learned a tremendous amount along the way.”

As a national network of performing arts schools, Stagecoach is already 25 years old, and has been running in the North Somerset area for more than 13 years. Heidi, now completing her 10th year as Stagecoach principal, credits two things for the success enjoyed in the exams. “When our students attend their weekly classes, they are challenged to use their imaginations, speak clearly, work together as a team and use their physical skills in inventive ways.”

“This sets them up beautifully to excel in exams with confidence.” For more information visit or telephone Heidi on 0117 953 2500.

Entry open for Festival of Music


he Nailsea Festival of Music syllabus is now out for the event that takes place on Saturday, November 23 in Nailsea School. There are classes for singing, solo and choirs, piano, speech and drama, music composition and creative writing. Performers will be marked by a panel of adjudicators and the winners will receive a medal. The full syllabus is available from Nailsea Music shop and Clevedon Music Shop or online at www.nfom. The closing date for entries is October 12 and for more information telephone Cynthia Dobson on 01275 855572.

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ats n ommunt es Fancy a sing song?


he Clevedon Gilbert and Sullivan Society will be holding another free open Singalong afternoon at The Hall under St Peters Church, Copse Road, Clevedon on Sunday, September 1. It follows on from the success of the same event last year and people can come along and join in your favourite songs that are normally solo’s, duet’s and a good selection of the most popular Gilbert and Sullivan songs will be played. There will be free tea/coffee and some light snacks available afterwards. The Singalong starts at 3pm and is open to all, and you can let them know you’re coming on 01934 838713 or just turn up on the day. For more details, visit

Mickfest Music Festival at the Blue Flame


musical extravaganza will be taking place at the Blue Flame, Nailsea, on Saturday, August 3 featuring six local bands playing live. The Harrisons, Los Yanquis, Kit Morgan and Jocasta, Pete Coggins Soul Duo, Steve Webb and George May and The Harrison Treble will be playing throughout the afternoon until

9.30pm. Proceeds will be going to the GTSSS, an Indian Orphanage Charity that has strong links with the Blue Flame. Several of the locals have recently returned from India where they built a medical centre for an orphanage of 1000 children in memory of the former landlord Mick. There is the option of camping at the pub with a cooked breakfast on Sunday morning, camping and breakfast need to be booked in advance. The festival starts at 3.30pm, although the pub will be open from noon and tickets are £10 each children are free but must be accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets are available from the Blue Flame on 01275 856910 or Treble Rock Music, Clifton. Food and drink will be available and feel free to bring blankets and/or seating.

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ats n Fun for everyone at the Curzon

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he countdown has begun, the final line-up has been announced, and tickets are now on sale for he Curzon Cinema in Clevedon has something for all the first ever Love Clevedon festival on Saturday, July the family in August. 27. For those still on their summer holidays Monsters Headlining the evening performance will be John University (PG), the follow up to Monsters Inc, opens on P Crooner, while other artists performing at the event Friday, August 2 and features Billy Crystal, John Goodman, include The Hicks Brothers, Manou Murphy, Innocent Steve Buscemi and Helen Mirren. Thieves, Natalie Prescott and Bob Irwin. For the adults the new film from director Edgar Wright, The event takes place at Princes Hall and Sunhill Park in Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, The Worlds End, opens on Friday, Clevedon with a traditional summer fair in the afternoon August 9. followed by a music concert in the evening. From Friday, August 23-Thursday, August 29 Steve Coogan In the late afternoon the show moves into the Princes Hall brings Alan Partridge to the big screen in Alan Partridge for a supporting concert featuring Mia and Tuesday Eagle, Alpha Papa. Oliver Martin, Terminal Moraine, Two Piece Trinity, and For those who would like to see behind the scenes at the CLOC Juniors. famous cinema then there is a number of chances this Tickets for the evening concert are now on sale at £7 for month. adults and £5 for under 17s from Mango Moon, Hill Road, The Curzon Collection is one of the most comprehensive Present Company, The Triangle and the Princes’ Hall. collections of cinema and home cinema artefacts Entry to the fair is £3 for adults, accompanied under-14s will be available to view on free. Entry to the support concert is £2.50. Sunday, August 4, Saturday, August 17 and Sunday, Tickets for the fair and afternoon support August 18 from 11am-4.30pm. concert will be sold on the door.


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ats n Community Treasure Trail


f you are looking for fun things to do with your family this summer without spending a fortune then you can join a fun treasure trail which has been organised by Clevedon Pride. It will enable you to discover things about the Clevedon community that you may not have noticed before. The trail will start from the centre of Clevedon and the easy to follow route will enable you to crack the clues while taking in some of the most fascinating sights along the way. The course can be completed in your own time and will provide hours of fun for all the family. If you enter the Clevedon Pride walking treasure trail then you could also be in with a chance of winning a first prize of £50. Entry forms, which will be available from Monday August 5, can be picked up at Present Company in Queen’s Square, from any Clevedon Pride member, or by ringing 01275 874097. The cost of one entry form is £3.50 which can be returned at any time to Present Company or by posting to Mike Bisacre, 16, Long Ave, Clevedon BS21 7TX. The closing date is strictly Saturday September 7 and the judge’s decision will be final. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Clevedon Pride Christmas Lights Appeal.


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ats n Story time for children


tory times for young children will be held in Clevedon Community Bookshop, Copse Road, during August. The first two dates will be Friday, August 2 and Friday, August 9 at 11am. As well as stocking a huge range of second hand books, the Bookshop has been used for a number of activities, most recently as a backdrop for a photo shoot for Ellie Murray’s new clothing line. Clevedon School GO RE N also came and C O CL O R W shot part of their EA D, UI TI Ple N R video ‘Clevedon fu ase IN EL N rth t IA G er ele G as a Learning inf pho ST BL or ne A E Environment’ and ma f F tio or F Domestic and Commercial, n earlier in the year, weekly or one off cleans Kudos used many of Based in Clevedon the books for their Friendly, Trustworthy and Reliable props in the filming “Why not let the Fairies work their magic for you” of Broadchurch. For further details please email The Bookshop is open every day or telephone 07814 263391 from 10am-5pm.

Rock Extravaganza The Old Inn, Walton Road, Clevedon, hosts a Rock Extravaganza on Sunday, August 25.


Nearly new sale

Tiny Treasures Baby and Child Nearly New Sale takes place from 10-11.30amat The Barn in Clevedon on Saturday, August 17. Up to 20 tables will be selling good quality items at an affordable price, including pre-loved children’s clothes, toys, maternity and equipment. Entry is just £1 per adult and children enter for free. Seller’s tables are available from £8 and to book a table contact Tracey Lee on 07977932834 or

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are or te der Are you a Carer?


carer is someone of any age who provides unpaid support to family or friends who would not manage without this help. Being a Carer can be very difficult and involve juggling lots of responsibilities and emotions. Sometimes this can feel overwhelming. PositiveStep are committed to helping carers to understand more about these difficulties and help find ways of tackling or coping with them. They have developed a series of workshops for carers that include titles such as “keeping your spirits up”, “managing frustration” and “coping with change.” The information given is accessible, easy to understand and immediately helpful to those in a caring role and following the workshops PositiveStep also has limited access to individual therapy. Workshops will be starting at the Community Centre in Clevedon on Tuesday, September 3 from 10am-noon and carers are welcome to book on to one or all of the workshops via or by calling 01934 523766.

Workshops for Carers Being a Carer can be very difficult and involve juggling lots of responsibilities and emotions. Sometimes this can feel overwhelming. This can lead carers to experience:

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Mobility shop helps disabled man in marathon


ilmott Mobility in Yatton are helping a disabled man from Bristol in his quest to raise more than £2,000 for St Peters Hospice, in the forthcoming Bristol Half Marathon. David Silvester, who is doing the marathon in memory of his late brother, approached Paul Wilmott about his plans and with a little assistance from Invacare and the St Monicas Trust, Wilmott Mobility supplied David with a £1,200 Titanium Sports Wheelchair free of charge. David has set up a just giving page should anyone wish to sponsor him at Wilmott Mobility are regarded by many as the leading Mobility Shop in North Somerset. Husband and wife team Paul and Tracey are passionate about their work and really go the extra mile to help their customers. Their product knowledge, customer service and stock is second to none so why not ring them today on 01934 838363.

Staying Steady


t is important, as you get older, to stay healthy and active and thanks to Age UK Somerset there are plenty of exercise sessions available in Clevedon for improving flexibility, coordination, strength and balance. Make sure you contact the instructor in advance to check the group is meeting on that day. Exercise Classes: Exercise to music, The Barn Youth and Community Centre, Great Western Road, Wednesdays 9.30-10.30am. £3.50 per session. Contact Jo Knowles, 01275 544472. Exercise to music, The Triangle Club, The Triangle, Mondays 11.15am -12.15pm. £3.50 per session. Contact Jo Knowles, 01275 544472. Dance Fitness, Low impact and suitable for over 50’s, The Triangle Club, The Triangle, Mondays 10-11am. £3.50 per session. Contact Jo Knowles 01275 544472. Tai Chi for Seniors, The Scout Hut, Great Western Road, Mondays 9.30–10.30am £5 per session. Contact Tony Dove 07886 630436. Tai Chi, for people with limited mobility, Clevedon Community Centre, Mondays 10.45–11.45am. £5 per session. Contact Tony Dove 07886 630436. Tai Chi, for people with limited mobility, Searle Court, Cherry Avenue, Wednesdays 2– 3pm. £5 per session. Contact Tony Dove 07886 630436.

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are or te der Care home celebration benefits dogs for the disabled


amily and friends were invited to Gorselands care home in Clevedon last month to celebrate the residents’ success at Portishead Flower Show – and raise money for a local charity at the same time. The weather was kind on the day, enabling guests to sit in the gardens to enjoy the refreshments, including cakes baked by the residents, as well as purchase plants, flower posies, lavender bags and dog biscuits which

had been produced at the home. More than £45 was raised for Dogs for the Disabled, adding to previous donations made by Gorselands to several local medical and animal charities. Francine Hunt, activities coordinator, said: “I would like to thank everyone who made our celebratory event a success, either by producing items to sell or attending as a guest. “Our lavender bags which are made from lavender

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Managing anger

nhappy at work? Struggling with money ? Poor exam results? All these situations can cause frustration and anger and if not expressed healthily can cause damage to your relationships. Anger is a basic emotion expressed from not having our needs met. We are programmed to express anger from birth, like a baby screams waiting to be fed. It is a healthy emotion, a creative force for change or to right an injustice. However if poorly managed it can be destructive and turn to aggression. If anger is not expressed it can lead to depression and cause relationships to struggle. There is a fine line between acknowledging anger and venting it until it is out of control. What are symptoms of an anger problem? • Explosive outbursts that feel like they can’t be controlled • Domestic Violence and controlling behaviour • Rages when driving or at work • Depression or anxiety may


indicate introverted anger Alcohol or drug dependence may also cover an anger problem Causes There are many reasons why people are unable to control their anger; often it is a family or cultural pattern that has never been questioned. Tiredness, stress, pain and hormonal imbalance can all contribute to the problem. We all have triggers for anger whether it is a person pushing in front of a queue or feeling ignored. Understanding what they are and examining our thoughts can be among the first steps to managing anger. How counselling ‘anger management’ may help: • Examining the triggers for our anger and understanding them • Looking at our unhealthy beliefs attached to our anger • Understanding how anger affects our close relationships • Taking responsibility for our own •

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Read well for your health

n exciting new public library health and well-being service has been launched in libraries across North Somerset. The Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme uses reading to help people who suffer from conditions such as depression and anxiety and is a joint initiative from

independent charity The Reading Agency and the Society of Chief Librarians. Reading Well Books on Prescription will enable GPs and other health professionals to recommend 30 selfhelp titles for people to borrow from the local library. It works within National Institute for

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Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines which recommend the approach for a range of common mental health disorders. Reading Well Books on Prescription is not designed to replace existing care but to provide added value and guidance. In North Somerset all of the 30 self-help books on the Reading Well Books on Prescription list, which can be found at www.readingagency., will be available to borrow at all of the district’s 13 libraries, including the mobile library. The scheme is free to use and books can be borrowed for up to six weeks instead of the normal three week loan period and there is a free reservation facility at

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Heat & eaut Run for Children’s Hospice South West at half marathon


hildren’s Hospice South West (CHSW) is encouraging local runners in this year’s Bristol Half Marathon to support the charity. CHSW is the official local charity for this year’s Bristol Half Marathon, which takes place in September. They are also looking for lots of people to volunteer for them at the event. Karen Edgington, head of fundraising at CHSW’s Charlton Farm, said: “We are delighted to be the Bristol Half Marathon’s official local charity for the second year running, particularly in the event’s 25th anniversary year.


Get fit for the summer

he sun’s shining and lollies and barbecues are beckoning. Do you wish you’d lost a few pounds ready for the summer? Well it’s never too late and the best thing about losing a few pounds is that it can reduce your risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. Many people begin the summer season with a goal to lose weight and, while that can mean eating a healthy balanced diet it also means more exercising. You can incorporate more physical activity into your daily routine in a number of ways and the exercise needed to help you lose weight and keep it off can be as simple as doing more walking or going for bike rides. Why not get off the bus a stop earlier to or from work and walk the rest of the way? If you have a dog you could extend your walk time too. Use the stairs instead of a lift whenever you can and on weekends why not plan active outings instead of going to the pub.

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“CHSW is almost entirely voluntary funded so running events are a crucial way for us to raise the funds needed to keep making the most of short and precious lives. “Last year we had 600 runners and raised an incredible £60,000 - enough to fund two nurses for a year – and we are hoping to celebrate the event’s 25th anniversary by raising even more this year. “We also need to recruit 200 volunteers to marshal on the race day from 8am-2pm.” To find out more about the CHSW running club, visit, and for more information on how to volunteer, contact Emma McKeown on 01275 866600 or at

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Seated Calf Raises 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 Seated Calf Raises.



ith warm summer weather, it’s time for shorts, skirts, and short dresses. This means, legs on show. Having shapely calf muscles is something many women strive for and men all too often overlook in their training. Strong foundations will help with general balance, standing, walking, running, and help toward achieving that total body defined look. Although some may have a “high calf,” this appearance is often exaggerated with a far better developed Gastrocnemius to Soleus, which is common with those wearing heels all day or fighters bouncing around on their toes for long periods. For this reason and for all-round development, one of my favoured exercises for the Calf is a Seated Calf Raise. A flexed knee lessens the stretch in the Gastrocnemius (a knee flexor), so the movement can emphasize the Soleus. An exercise for all, here’s how to perform a Seated Calf Raise in the gym: 1) Select an appropriate weight. Adjust the height of thigh pads – so that they comfortably rest on your Quadriceps. 2) Place the balls of your feet onto the footplate. Try to keep your feet hip-width apart with toes pointing forward. 3) Raise your heels, taking the strain on the Calf Muscles. Release

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FIGURE 2 the safety lever and inhale as you gently lower your heels to where you feel a stretch on your Calves [Figure 1]. 4) Exhale, as you raise your heels - fully contracting the Soleus and Gastrocnemius [Figure 2]. Repeat. [Side note: you may wish to perform the first set with less weight and increasing range-ofmovement in order to warm up the Achilles Tendon]. 5) Remember to return the safety lever upon the last repetition. At home, you can perform this exercise perching on the edge of a sturdy chair or table of the right height and resting the balls of your feet on to a large phone directory or unused book. To add resistance, place the flat side of dumbbells on to your thighs or use a food tray and load as appropriate (you may need someone to hand you the tray). Used throughout the day, Calves are a tough little muscle group - so performing high repetitions in a controlled manner is fine for this exercise. For further expert free training advice from Matt (AKA Gym Professor), Inventor of the global phenomenon Globe Gripz, please visit his comprehensive free-online-resource You can also follow Gym Professor on Facebook and Twitter.


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aving run a successful Hypnotherapy business in Portishead since July 2011, Rae Arundel is now expanding her business to include a practice in St George’s Surgery in Weston. Hypnotherapy is used to enable the therapist to guide a person into a relaxed state, enabling direct access to their subconscious mind. This can often alleviate physical symptoms and provide relief from sleep problems, low mood, negativity and lack of motivation. Rae offers a free Initial Consultation for all new clients. Come and see them at The Marlens Festival on September 14 and 15 at The Salthouse Fields in Clevedon.

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Home & Garden Clevedon garden opens for National Gardens Scheme


arum, 50 Edward Road, Clevedon, will be opening its garden again to the public in support of the National Gardens Scheme (NGS) on three consecutive Thursdays this month. It is an informal 1/3 acre plantsman’s garden, gently sloping to the southeast, with an unusually mild, coastal micro-climate which has been exploited to include many unusual and tender plants from around the world. There is a patio with raised fountain bed, a pergola of climbers including a Dregea sinensis

that exudes a powerful aroma. The top section of the garden contains three areas growing flowering shrubs with one growing acid preferring plants, despite our being on the limestone bedrock. Beyond a trellis is another eight beds, one with a collection of succulents, another with two Iochroma australis. There is also a vegetable patch. Barum will be open on August, 1, 8 and 15 from 1.30-4.30pm. Admission is £3 with accompanied children free of charge. No dogs are allowed. Plants, mostly propagated from the garden, will be for sale. The National Gardens Scheme (NGS) was founded in 1927, involving the opening of private gardens of quality and interest to the public. In the last 10 years the NGS has donated £22 million to the charities it supports and in the Somerset, Bristol Area, South Gloucester and Bath County alone there are 127 gardens open in 2013. In 2012 the

gardens raised more than £90,000 for the NGS Charities. More information about Barum is available at www.barum.pwp., while you can find out details of all the gardens at

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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

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Home & Garden Community News Astron excellence rewarded


stron Fire and Security has received national recognition to put it on a par with some of the biggest businesses in the UK. The Portishead company has been given silver accreditation from the

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National Security Inspectorate for its work providing a range of fire and security services. The accreditation was awarded after NSI inspected a selection of the company’s installations and audited all of its processes and client services to ensure they comply with industry best practice. Astron has been looking after local businesses such as Heritage Estates and West Coast Properties for more than 10 years and some of the first customers to take advantage of Astron’s new accreditation are Portishead Working Men’s Club, Tinca Gallery and The Mezze at the White Lion. Sales director, Greg van Laun, said:

“The NSI accreditation essentially means that Astron is recognised by the police and the insurance industry on the same level as they do for ADT and Chubb, which is something to shout about, as the public can have confidence that they will get a quality product and quality service to match”. “We take over many systems that have not been designed to meet the client’s needs, or are badly installed and maintained, so we believe that fire and security needs to be properly regulated, and will do our best to assist the NSI and the industry wherever we can.” For more information, telephone 01275 846514 or visit

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Motors Can you complete the Sat-Nav Challenge?


his summer, Weston and Mendip Advanced Motorists is offering drivers the chance to win up to two ‘Skill for Life’ Advanced Driving packages worth £279, plus a cash prize. To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is enter the ‘Sat Nav Challenge’, a fun treasure-hunt style event requiring competitors to use their GPS-enabled device to navigate their way to a variety of secret locations throughout the region. At each location, they will discover a series of questions on a range of motoring and general knowledge topics. There are three categories – 26 and under, over 26 and Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) members – and the team from each category who have correctly answered the most

number of questions at the end of the event will be declared the winner The event will take place on Sunday, August 18, and it is important to remember that it is not a time trial, and no competition of any form on the highway is allowed. To be in with a chance of winning, entry forms can be found at www. or you can telephone 07020 934714. No competition of any form on the highway is allowed and the law and rules of the road must be obeyed at

all times. Founded in 1983, the Weston and Mendip Advanced Motorists’ Group is a registered charity committed to improving driving standards and promoting road safety throughout the region. They are affiliated to the UK’s largest road safety charity, the IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists), and provide training for those wishing to improve their driving and get more enjoyment from it.

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hroughout the summer months there is a large gathering of bikes and riders from around the country at Weston’s Marine Parade on Thursday evenings. Weston Bike Night 2013, organised by the Royal British Legion Riders, will take place on every Thursday evening from 6-9pm in August until the end of September and bike lovers and enthusiasts will be well catered for. Some evenings have a theme and on August 1 it is Streetfighter/ custom, while on August 22 it’s Japanese power. The event is free for spectators, with each motorcycle on the green encouraged to donate £1 to the Poppy Appeal. For more information, visit

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Motors Have a Mini summer


ow that the sun is shining soft top season is officially here. If you are a mini fan then both the MINI Convertible and the MINI Roadster are perfect. Choosing one over the other, however, is a tough decision. Both models combine the irresistible charm of the premium British brand and thrilling go-kart feeling with made-to-measure open-top enjoyment. Which of the two sun-seekers offers the more appealing open-top driving experience is entirely a matter for the individual to decide. The driver of a MINI Convertible can share the joys of summer travel with up to three passengers while in the MINI Roadster, the suntan and windswept hair are strictly for two. In terms of speedy access to the open fresh air the MINI Convertible can be partially opened - up to 40 centimetres - at the press of a button and fully opened in just 15 seconds. Only the MINI Roadster has the faster alternative here, activated manually.

The soft top is unfolded and locked into place behind the seats in a single operation. In both models, a light soft top and additional body reinforcements ensure a high degree of torsional stiffness and a low centre of gravity, making for increased agility when cornering at speed. The MINI Roadster is a tad more radical when it comes to combating the airstream. Its A-columns have a greater tilt angle, and from a speed of 80 km/h the active rear spoiler automatically extends to optimise aerodynamic balance. What is more, both body types also come in an extremely sporty version. In both the MINI John Cooper Works Convertible and the

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in the Cayman Islands. (Please note that under no circumstances should you try either of these at home). Tax avoidance (the legal one) is an entirely legitimate exercise by which you attempt to structure your affairs as efficiently as possible in order to minimise your exposure to tax. One very popular and effective strategy is to structure your business as a limited company rather than as a sole trader or partnership. While not suitable for everyone (as with anything the devil is in the detail), generally speaking individuals earning over £15,000 per annum should benefit. Many are put off the idea of a limited company because they fear the costs will outweigh the benefits, but it’s important that you still ask the question. Your accountant will be able to run the

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