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t only seems like yesterday that Clevedon was getting ready for the festive season, and now all of a sudden January has passed in the blink of an eye too. Now we go into February and it’s a month that gives all of those romantics among us a chance to treat the ones we love. Check out our Valentines feature for ideas on how to tackle the big day. We also provide another Care for the Elderly feature, as well as the usual community news, what’s on, motors and business news. After our New Year – New you pull out last month we hope those of you who made the resolution to get healthy this year have got off to a good start. With best wishes Mathew Rowbotham & John Cant Co-editors

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Meet the Team Community News Out of Town Shop Locally Business Where to Walk Child’s Play Nurseries & Preschools Let’s Dance Care for the Elderly What’s On Food & Drink Valentine’s Day Health & Beauty Pets Corner Home & Garden Motor Sport Competition Dial a Trade

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t doesn’t seem like the most sensible thing to do on a New Year’s morning, but 30 swimmers took the plunge for a tradition that has served Clevedon well for more than 20 years. The annual New Year’s Day swim, which raises money for local charities, attracted more than 1000 spectators who turned out in force to cheer on the brave souls who dared to get wet. They may have rubbed their eyes in disbelief too – as the swimmers were all dressed as animals and led by channel swimmer Steve Price, dressed as ‘Noah’ singing Old Macdonald Had A Farm, The Animals Went In Two By Two and Auld Lang Syne.

the tides on the day, and the oldest swimmer was Joyce Peters, who is in her 80s.

This year’s event took place at Marine Lake instead of the beach due to

from Secret World took part in the swim. We pick a different charity each year and then whatever the charity we try and re-inact it through the way we dress.

They raised money for the Secret World Wildlife Centre in Highbridge, which specialises in the rescue, rehabilitation and eventual release of Britain’s orphaned, injured and sick wildlife. Organiser Rose Hurley, of the Middle Yeo Surf Lifesaving Club, who dressed as a Polar bear, said: “The event went very well. We had a bucket collection round the lake and collected £585.61.”

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“We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who supported the event and the Salthouse for allowing us to go and change in there.

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Community News Gardeners club host first flower show of the year

levedon Gardeners’ Club will host its Annual Flower Show, the first in the area, on Saturday, February 23 at The Community Centre on Princes Road. It will feature a whole host of classes showcasing the best locals have to offer, including Bulbous classes, daffodils, crocus, garden material and plants in pots, craft, children’s and young adult classes, photography, cookery, baking and preserves. Schedules will be available from The Community Centre, The Library, Park Garden Centre and Golden Acres, as well as The Spinning Weal and Veg Box, 97 Clevedon Road, Tickenham, 40 Highdale Avenue, 20 Dial Hill Road and 43 Kennaway Road, and downloaded from www. clevedongardeners.btck. co.uk. Entry forms are also available from the website. The show will start at 1pm and close at 4.15pm and the entry fee will be £1 and will include a draw ticket. Before the flower show there will be two Clevedon

Gardeners Club meetings this month at the Community Centre. The first is ‘Anyone Can Grow Veg’ given by Diana Linton-Critchley on Monday , February 4, and on Monday, February 18 Bill How will talk about ‘Growing Flowers for Cutting.’ Both start at 7.30pm and new members and visitors are always welcome. For more details please contact Carol Raines on 01275 852337.

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defibrillator has been installed at Clevedon Golf Club and is available to golfers and the general public whenever the clubhouse is open. This equipment can make the difference between surviving and dying whilst the emergency services are on their way.

Initial enquiries by the Rotary Club of Clevedon led to the Great Western Ambulance Service(GWAS) kindly donating a defibrillator for use at the club, and the initiative is supported by both the Rotary Club of Clevedon and the Golf Club Seniors section. The defibrillator was presented by Kim Morrissey from the GWAS Community

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Response Unit to Jim Perrett, President of the Rotary Club and Golf Club captain Tim Liddeatt (pictured above). Chris Parsons (also pictured) provided training for the Golf Club’s staff in the use of a defibrillator. The Rotary Club of Clevedon is intending to sponsor the installation of further Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) within Clevedon.

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on the fourth Saturday of every month from 9am-12.30pm in Queens Square. This month’s market is on February 23. It sells local goods produced by farmers in North Somerset including fresh meat, dairy produce, handmade chocolates, fruit and vegetables. For those who like to see what’s on offer at a weekly market then Clevedon Country Market takes place every Friday afternoon from 2.303.30pm at The Barn on Great Western Road. Fresh local produce and a variety of stalls are on offer selling everything from plants and crafts to cakes, savouries, preserves, eggs, cheese and vegetables to make sure you’re fully stocked for the months ahead. Organic meat is available on the first Friday of each month.

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Opened to the public in 1869, the Pier stands as a reminder of the golden Victorian age of seaside holidays and, as the only intact Grade I listed Pier in England, it is of huge heritage importance.

Central to the plans is an improvement of the visitor facilities and increasing the learning and volunteering opportunities for local people. A new visitor space will be created and used Beautiful handmade for community events, workshops and& favours. learning wedding cakes Freea consultations activities and will also include cafe andand toilet samples available on facilities. request. Call: 07802 810897

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levedon Lions Club managed to raise £3,000 for local charities in the run up to Christmas.

Club members, helped by Santa Claus, his helpers and Rudolph, toured the town with their festive float, collecting money along the way. The tours, along with the club’s bucket collections, raised £3,000 which will be split between The Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre, Children’s Hospice South West and other community projects.

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financially self-sufficient when it comes to carrying out all the essential maintenance needed on this beautiful Pier.”

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Community News Clevedon police station moves to new site

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levedon police station has moved to North Somerset Council’s Castlewood offices on Tickenham Road. The station has moved from the old police station at Queens Road and

is no longer open for enquiries. Chief Superintendent Julian Moss said: “Castlewood provides a well-known and more accessible location for policing services in Clevedon and will help us work with the Council and other partners more closely.” Local people will be able to access police services such as crime reporting, general policing enquiries and lost and found property alongside council information, public computers and a payment kiosk. Councillor Nigel Ashton, Leader of North Somerset Council, added: “We have been working closely with partners at Castlewood for some time and now having the police based here as well takes

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this close working relationship to another level. “It extends the range of services available at Castlewood for local people, and also makes it easier for us to work together to build safer and stronger communities in North Somerset. It also makes financial and operational sense for both organisations.” The opening hours for the station are 8.30am-5pm Monday-Friday. It is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

According to the Health Protection Agency (HPA), the past 12 months have seen an exceptional rise in the number of confirmed cases nationwide. Many adults think that whooping cough cannot affect them, particularly if they were themselves immunised as children but the vaccine wears off in adulthood and can be passed onto children with serious results.

Across the south west numbers of confirmed cases are amongst the highest in England and are two and a half times higher than the average.

The signs to look out for are severe coughing fits accompanied by the characteristic “whoop” sound in young children and a prolonged cough in older children and adults, and anyone experiencing these should visit their GP immediately.

Also cases of the illness continue to rise in North Somerset – last year there were 73 confirmed cases compared with six in 2008.

Parents should also ensure their children are up to date with their vaccinations.

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Community News Start 2013 with a de-clutter

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ith Christmas well and truly over it could be time for a clear out to make room for all the new presents, or maybe find a place for any unwanted gifts that were under the tree. Local charity Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) has teamed up with the youth and community centre The Barn in Clevedon, to offer a solution thanks to a ‘Donate It Day.’ Local residents are invited to bring unwanted items to a donation station at The Barn on Saturday, February 9 from 10am-3pm. CHSW is asking the local community to bring donations such as good quality clothes and shoes, books, toys, games and baby equipment such as prams and highchairs.

All donations will be sold in CHSW’s local charity shops to raise vital funds for the charity, which helps support local life-limited children and their families at the charity’s nearby Charlton Farm Hospice in Wraxall. Jane Smith, CHSW Retail Stock Generator, said: “Our Donate It Day is the perfect way to do your first good deed of the year with the added bonus of beginning 2013 clutter free.” “We are really grateful to The Barn for enabling us to provide a donation station in the heart of the community, and we hope to see as many people as possible there on the day.

“A number of the families that visit Charlton Farm come from the surrounding area so by simply donating unwanted goods you could be supporting a local family.” There will be refreshments and cakes on sale at The Barn on the day and any money raised from the cake sale will be shared between The Barn and CHSW.

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Community News

New Elephant Enclosure almost complete

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uilding work is at an advanced stage on a new elephant enclosure at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm which when complete will be the largest in Europe. Elephant Eden, at the Farm on Clevedon Road in Wraxall, will be finished in May and is expected to open officially in the summer. It will be the first time Bristol has seen elephants since Wendy the elephant died at Bristol Zoo many years ago and will make Noah’s Ark the only South West Zoo with a herd of elephants when it is established. Planning for Elephant Eden began more than five years ago and senior management from Noah’s Ark visited each UK zoo which has elephants to consider the design of their exhibits and get advice and ideas from their elephant keepers. Planning permission was granted in 2010 and a grant now managed by DEFRA was awarded towards the project cost in 2011. Building work officially began in September 2012 and it’s the biggest project in the zoo’s history, costing around £1.2 million.

The enclosure is set in 20 acres, making it the largest elephant facility in the UK by some way, and the biggest in northern Europe and is designed as a sanctuary for zoo or rescue elephants in need of a new home by providing them welfare improvements and modern facilities to enrich their lives. Elephants will have 24/7 access to indoor and outdoor areas, and can be away from public viewing areas when they choose, while special visitor viewing galleries will provide areas for Keepers to do practical demonstrations close to the public. Elephant Eden will also become one of the greenest zoo exhibits in the UK as it will be run on renewable energies – solar roof panels and a bio-fuel burner for heat.

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Out of Town

Nailsea salon ‘stars’ in Channel 4 show

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or Liz Harding and the team at Beautique in Nailsea it was just like any other working day. They opened up as normal and nail technician Zoe started a manicure on the client. The only minor difference was there was a film crew following her every

move, for the popular Channel 4 reality dining show Come Dine With Me.

about three months ago and asked if we would do it and we excitedly said yes.

The Salon, on Old Church Road, were asked by the producers of the show if they could accommodate the show to film a lady contestant from WestonSuper-Mare having her nails done.

“For the programme the contestants have to pick two destinations to be filmed at – one where they read the menus and the other has to be something they like doing.

Eagle-eyed viewers and regulars at the salon will be able to see it in all its glory when the programme is broadcast early this month. Beautique owner Liz Harding said: “We were called

“The contestant liked getting her nails done so they picked us out of a hat and phoned us up out of the blue.” An exciting days filming ensued, and Liz added: “They arrived in a large black van, a little like the A Team, took several hours to rig up the lights and microphones, then filming took place with our senior Nail Technician Zoe, who did a manicure with Shellac. “It was absolutely wonderful and a great insight into what goes on behind the scenes and just how much stuff has to be done.”

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Out of Town New lifeboat station in Portishead a possibility

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he Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has submitted a planning application to North Somerset District Council for a new lifeboat station at Portishead. The charity plans to demolish the former Masonic Lodge and construct a purpose built facility for the local lifeboat team. This is the latest move toward the RNLI eventually adopting the Portishead Lifeboat. The RNLI first unveiled their proposals for a new lifeboat station last May at a public meeting held in the town. Dave Herbert, Press Officer for the Trust, said: “The Portishead Lifeboat Trust is pleased to see the RNLI have submitted a planning application for development of a new lifeboat station. “This is the next positive step towards what we hope will be the mutually agreed adoption of The Portishead Lifeboat Trust by the charity.” The new building would be primarily for the storage and maintenance of the lifeboat, launching tractor and carriage, and for the crew’s personal protective equipment. It would also allow for modern crew changing facilities and a multi-purpose crew room for operational planning, local training and meetings. Toilets, a small workshop, store area and a souvenir sales point would also be included in the design. An extension that would be constructed at an angle to the main building would house the lifeboat and launching rig. Tom Mansell, RNLI Divisional Inspector for the South West, said the views of the local community have helped shape the application: “The general reaction from local people to our plans to operate from this site has

been very positive but we have taken into account the numerous comments made at the public meeting before submitting our application.” If planning consent is granted a fundraising campaign would be launched in support of the project to build the new lifeboat station and work would start later this year. Anyone wanting to find out more about the proposals or make comment can email feedback@ rnli.org.uk.

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Shop Locally New fabric store opens in Clevedon

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ou know that any business that is celebrating its 40th anniversary is going to be a front runner in their field. Curtain and net specialists S & L Fabrics opened up in Bedminster, Bristol, in 1973, and for the first have cast their net further afield. Owners Dennis Armstrong and wife Jackie, who have run the business for the last three years, opened up a brand new shop on Clevedon Triangle at number 22 last month. Dennis is also keeping the new store in the family – son Robert is running it. S & L Fabrics unique curtains and nets are available for commercial and domestic customers and they

offer a large selection of net curtains, alterations to nets and ready-mades. They have their own professional fitters and they are available to call to your home or place of work and provide a free measuring service. Dennis said: “We are expanding and Clevedon and North Somerset was the logical next step. Those lovely Victorian houses are fantastic but the windows can be very different in size and you can’t actually buy nets for them now.” One thing that sets them apart from anyone else is that they have their own workroom on the premises. Dennis added: “We offer free curtain making on all made to measure curtains and nets.

“The workroom means we can keep an eye on the quality and can do anything the customer wants. This is why we can beat anyone for price when it comes to quality. Between our dedicated staff, we have more than 90 years of experience in curtain making.” For more information visit the shop, email enquiries@s-l-fabrics.co.uk or visit www.s-and-l-fabrics.co.uk.

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McManus Williams Ltd Every month McManus Williams Limited answers some of your business and accountancy related questions. Question & Answer - Session Three Q: Christmas has taken its toll on the waistlines of everyone in our company. Can I give the workforce a boost by having the company pay for gym membership for me and all my staff?

then under a HMRC concession there will be no taxable benefit in kind for any of your staff.

A: The answer is yes, but if you provide membership to an external gym then the cost of the membership will be treated as a taxable benefit in kind on your employees.

As an employer you will be also able to claim relief on the cost of the gym equipment and ongoing maintenance costs.

What that means is that your employees will just need to pay tax on the value of the gym membership as if it were a bonus and as an employer you will need to pay employer’s national insurance on the total cost.

Very important though that you do not make the gym facilities available for use by non-employees, by which we mean the general public, though the facilities can be used by former employees and members of your employees households.

So converting a spare room at your commercial premises is fine, converting your spare bedroom at home is not. The facilities must also be made available for use by all employees, not just the ones you like.

However, if you are able to go one step further and place a gym on site for the exclusive use of your employees

Note however that you cannot claim this relief if the gym is based at premises used wholly or mainly as a private dwelling.

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Where to Walk

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Turn off Old Church Road to find plentiful parking, and then take the steps up for first views over the Marine Lake. Then if you go up to the left, you begin the climb to the top of Wain’s Hill. Soon enough, you’ll find a stone folly with arched windows which frame three very poetic scenes!

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As you make your way towards the point remember Coleridge, George Gissing and WM Thackeray, the eponymous poets…climbing up to a grassy plateau looking out to sea, you can begin to feel the lonely wildness they found so inspiring.

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At sunset the light catches on the mudflats creating wonderful patterns, and up here you can also find remains of a Napoleonic battery and an Iron Age fort!

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Looking out over this view of the old town harbour and the mouth of the Land Yeo river 180 years ago, the Anglican minister John Ashley and his son wondered about how inhabitants of Flat Holm Island would ever get to church… By 1839 Ashley’s first chapel on a ship set sail

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to criss cross the channel. Today the Mission to Seafarers continues, serving sailors in 240 international ports.

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As you work your way back down the hill you’ll see the gate to the ancient church of St Andrew – an outstanding example of Norman architecture built 900 years ago. A good poem to read here would be Tennyson’s In Memoriam AHH – The poem mourns the loss of a dear friend, and became a favourite of Queen Victoria. You probably know it already… I hold it true, whate’er befall; I feel it when I sorrow most; ‘Tis better to have loved and lost Than never to have loved at all.

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Nurseries & Preschools Finding good quality childcare is crucial. Looking for the right place for your child to develop and learn can be difficult. But there are some top local nurseries and preschools in the area that can provide a home from home environment.

Purpose-built Pre-school of children

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ounded in 1968, Roundabouts Pre-School on Southey Road makes finding the perfect pre-school for your child easy. Since it opened all those years ago, Roundabouts has developed into one of the best equipped pre-schools in the area and one of the very few that has its own purpose built building. They provide quality care and a play based approach to learning for children aged between 2-5 years and have seven members of staff who work the same sessions each week in order to create a secure and familiar environment for the children.

Roundabouts Pre-School Southey Road Clevedon BS21 6NY We provide quality care and a play based approach to learning for children aged between 2-5 years

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Qualified and experienced staff Free 15 hours government funded sessions available for children aged 3 and 4 (eligible the term after their 3rd birthday) Open 9.15am - 3.45pm, Monday - Friday (term time only) Safe, secure and caring environment Lunch club sessions available

For more information, to request a prospectus or to arrange a viewing, please contact Sam Perry on 01275 343924 (term time only) or 07921452973 Email: roundabouts.ps@fsmail.net or visit our website www.roundabouts-ps.org.uk

Operating a parents/carers rota, it provides a great opportunity for parents to play an active role within the setting and see what your child does in pre-school. The qualified and experienced staff provide a range of activities, and it is open from 9.15am-3.45pm, MondayFriday in term time only. For more information, to request a prospectus or to arrange a viewing contact Sam Perry on 01275 343924 (term time only) or 07921 452973 or email roundabouts.ps@fsmail.net

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At Rydal we provide a fun, happy and stimulating learning enviroment for 2 to 5 year olds Opening Times: Opening times 8am – 5.30pm Limited term time only places and Three year old funded places available

Rydal Day Nursery, 11 Albert Road Clevedon, North Somerset, BS21 7RP Tel: 01275 342352 www.rydaldaynursery.co.uk

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Nurseries & Preschools Little Clowns

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ittle Clowns Nursery on Queens Road, Clevedon, was established in 1990 as a private nursery, then in 2000 expanded by building a purpose built baby unit on the grounds. They provide full day care for babies and children aged from 3 months to 5 years. Little Clowns aims to create a stimulating, secure and caring environment, meeting children’s individual needs and following the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum. Fun activities from jelly play, cornflake play to paddling pools in the summer and cooking are included. The Baby Unit is a homely purpose built annexe containing a main playroom with a separate creative/messy play area, a home corner area and quiet area/book corner. There is also an adjoining sleep room with an observation window that enables staff to check on sleeping children without disturbing them. All children within the baby unit are guaranteed a place within the nursery which is beneficial to all parties as children remain in a familiar environment with staff they know.

Rydal Day Nursery

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ydal Day Nursery was established in 1996 and provides child care for children between 2-4 years and brings learning to life.

Many of their early years practitioners have worked at the nursery for 10 or more years. All staff are CRB checked and hold first aid and food hygiene certificates. For more information telephone 01275 340069 or visit www.littleclowns.co.uk.

Quality Care for Children 3 months to 5 years Separate Purpose Built Baby Unit

Situated at 11 Albert Road, Clevedon, was the first nursery in North Somerset to be accredited with the title ‘Investors In Children,’ which they received by achieving their ‘Next Steps for Quality Award’ endorsed by the Sure Start Unit.

15 hours free funding for 3 year olds

Rydal provide a full and comprehensive curriculum following all guidance set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage and they tailor the curriculum and activities around the children’s interests and learning needs.

Open 8am-6pm Monday-Friday

Each child has their own key person who will work alongside them to record that child’s achievements. For more information, telephone 01275 342352 or visit www.rydaldaynursery.co.uk.

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Hours to suit you

10 Queens Road, Clevedon Tel. 01275 340069 www.littleclowns.co.uk

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Let’s Dance Dance is all the rage at the moment. Thanks to popular TV shows such as Strictly Come Dancing and Got To Dance there has never been a better time to start getting on the dance floor. There are a number of great local Dance Schools to choose from.

No1 Dance Factory - big things to come

PJs Dance Academy

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ulie and Peter Purdie founded PJs Dance Academy in 2003, but the duo have been dancing for 30 years.

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levedon based dance school, No1 Dance Factory, have had some recent success with their top team ‘Maximum FX’ qualifying at regional heats in November and on March 10th they will compete at the Nationwide Street dance finals in Stoke. The school is also set to host a Ballroom and Latin social dance on Friday, February 22, in Kingston Seymour which is open to all and an examination day in March, which will include professional teaching exams for the continual progress of the already qualified teachers of the school. Pupils will also strut their stuff at the Playhouse theatre for up to 650

The Academy has been established in Clevedon for 10 years but is moving into Portishead too. spectators and host a friendly street dance competition in October for local street dance schools to partake in. The No1 Dance Factory teaches ballroom, Latin and Street dance for all ages from 5 upwards. There is also the opportunity to take exams through the IDTA. For more information please call 07909 713924 or 07917 160642, or visit www.no1dancefactoryco.uk.

Beginners and intermediate dancers can learn all of the most popular social dances such as the Waltz, Quickstep, Cha Cha Cha and Rumba. Every Tuesday and Thursday classes are held for both standards at the Triangle Club in Clevedon, from 7.309.30pm. PJs also run regular events for members too, including social dances, special events and dance holidays. For more information, visit www. pjsdanceacademy.co.uk.

No.1 Dance Factory brings you BRAND NEW CLASSES for 2013 ** starting week of Mon 18th February ** NEW LATIN Childrens latin Tuesdays 4.30 – 5.15pm under 8’s Clevedon school dance studio Latin-in-line (no partners needed) Thursdays 10 – 11am Tythe barn, Nailsea

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COMPLETE BEGINNERS Ballroom & Latin Mondays 6.30 – 7.30pm Backwell WI Hall Mondays 7 – 8pm Clevedon school studio

STREET DANCE Tuesdays Scotch Horn, Nailsea 4 – 4.45pm ages 9 – 12’s 4.45 – 5.45 ages 13 – 16’s

Opportunity to perform on stage and take dance exams through the IDTA

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Let’s Dance Want to get fit? Have fun? Try something new?

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odern jive is fun, easy to learn and you don’t need a partner to come along. It is a great way to get fit, meet people and forget the stresses of life. Portishead LeRoc is a friendly crowd and you’ll be made to feel very welcome. Whether you come on your own or with a friend, think you have two left feet or want to fulfil a lifelong ambition to dance, you’ll have lots of fun and go home with a smile on your face. If you’ve never tried LeRoc before your first class will be free so you’ve nothing to lose – why not give it a go?

Come along to the Portishead Primary School on Tuesday at 8pm. If you’d like to know more visit www.portisheadleroc.com or call Heather on 07909 063624. Glenys, a regular at Portishead LeRoc, said: “When you walk into the class

there are always smiles, hellos and the feeling that everyone is there to enjoy themselves as well as to learn. And no matter how tired I am when I turn up to a lesson, I always leave with a smile and feeling full of energy.”

Linzi Furneaux School of Dance

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he Linzi Furneaux School of Dance offers ballet, tap and modern dance to pupils aged two and a half upwards in Clevedon and Cheddar with new branches in surrounding areas opening soon. Principle Linzi has more than five years teaching experience and is a fully registered teacher with the British Theatre Dance Association. All pupils at The School of Dance are trained and prepared to enter examinations and to stage annual school shows at local theatres, and recent Strictly BeginnerS exam success Dance claSS has seen pupils e In Clevedon Fre gaining passes in both Merit and Basic Waltz & Cha Cha Cha Distinction in all Six Week Course exams taken. Reasonable term rates are offered for six week terms, and all new pupils receive a free taster class. Telephone 01934 743477 or 07787 338003 for full details or to attend a taster class.

Starts in Clevedon on Thursday 7th February 8.30-9.30pm at the Triangle Club Clevedon. People with two left feet most welcome!!

To book your place phone Julie Tel 07855827464 www.pjsdanceacademy.co.uk Look out for our next advert for the Portishead area, on a Wednesday evening, first class will be FREE, with a FREE Practice Dance

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Care for the Elderly Taking care of mealtimes

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or those who’ve worked hard all their lives, maintaining independence is particularly important - especially when it comes to mealtimes. Wiltshire Farm Foods are here to make life easier, and have been established for 21 years. You can choose from more than 250 tasty meals and a wide selection of desserts, offering nutrition and great value for all diets. Ingredients are selected from carefully approved suppliers

and are then prepared by a team of nutritionists and award-winning chefs in their Wiltshire kitchens. Convenience is a key part of the Wiltshire Farm Foods offering. Orders can be placed over the phone or online and are delivered by friendly, local drivers who are always happy to put the meals away in your freezer, meaning that a hot meal is only ever a few minutes away. For more information about Wiltshire Farm Foods, telephone 01275 371993 or visit www.wiltshirefarmfoods. co.uk for a free brochure.

Leading mobility shop expand range

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ilmott Mobility is a friendly family run local Mobility Shop based in Yatton by the Co-op and it has been trading for more than three years. Wilmott Mobility is regarded by many as being the leading Mobility Shop in North Somerset and Sedgemoor, and advice at the shop is freely available as owners Paul and Tracey firmly believe in ensuring that only the right product is sold and that excellent service is vitally important. They always stock the best quality

brands including Invacare, TGA, Pride, Electric Mobility, Sherborne, Brooks, Cosyfeet, Stannah and Days, and their prices compare very favourably with the Internet and they are usually cheaper than most mobility shops. Never ones to rest on their laurels, Wilmott Mobility have recently expanded their product range to include electric beds and a top quality Sherborne, Dorchester bed can be purchased from as little as £895 ex vat.

can also be supplied. They have also created a new website for the shop and have an online shop facility as well. Wilmott Mobility will also happily deliver, usually free of charge, so if you cannot get to them they will happily come to you. Why not phone them now on 01934 838363 to see how they can help you.

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Mobility Equipment Three & Four Wheeled Walkers from £59 Lightweight Wheelchairs from £175 Bath Lifts from £375 Rise & Recliner Chairs from £595 Stairlifts from £1395 Scooters (New) from £595 Electric Wheelchairs from £995 Scooters Serviced & Repaired Cosyfeet Slippers & Shoes

Let Wiltshire Farm Foods take care of your mealtimes. Roast Beef & Yorkshire Pudding with vegetables £4.15

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Enjoy tasty, nutritious and convenient meals with minimum fuss – there’s no peeling, chopping or dirty pans to take care of, just delicious meals to tuck into.

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0800 773 773 wiltshirefarmfoods.com

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Care for the Elderly Care for the Elderly Staying Steady Local Care from a Local as you get older, to Company healthy and active, and thanks Itstayis important,

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ome Instead Senior Care in North Somerset specialises in the provision of at-home care for the elderly within their local community.

Their flexible service ranges from help a few hours a day to 24 hour care, enabling people to remain living independently within their own homes for longer. Joe Spitzer, owner of Home Instead, is passionate about providing the highest standard of person centred care.

appointments, to conversation and good company. Carers’ experiences, interests and personalities are carefully matched to that of their clients, which helps create a strong and trusting relationship. For more information on Home Instead Senior Care telephone 01934 627 649 or visit www. homeinstead.co.uk.

He said: “Our ethos is simple – treat others as we would wish to be treated ourselves. This can only be achieved by delivering on our vision of providing high quality care and never compromising on this”.

Age UK Somerset there are plenty of exercise sessions available in your local area for improving flexibility, coordination, strength and balance. The classes are part of a North Somerset wide initiative to increase healthy and active living in the area. Make sure you contact the instructor in advance to make sure the group is meeting on that day. Telephone Nikki Smith at Age UK Somerset on 07530 777895 to find out which sessions will benefit you best.

Home Instead’s services include personal care, home help and companionship services, which can be anything from escorting clients to

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Caring people needed

Join us to make a real difference in the lives of the elderly in your community. (Clevedon, Yatton, Nailsea, Weston Super Mare and surrounding areas) We are looking for Carers to provide non-medical Personal Care, Home Help and Companionship services. Wages are £7.00 to £8.60 an hour plus generous mileage. Flexible part-time hours available. No qualifications required as training is provided.

Call: 01934 627649

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What’s On Clevedon Music Club

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he Clevedon Music Club 2013 concert series continues with a programme of ‘Songs, Lyrics and Fairy Tales’ for viola and piano on Tuesday, February 19. It will feature works by seven composers including Mendelssohn, Elgar, Holst and Vaughan Williams, performed by the Karadys Duo: Carol Hubel-Allen and Alan MacLean. Visitors are welcome and entry is £7 on the door. For more details telephone 01275 879909.

Nailsea venue has Fascinating Rhythm

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f you like rhythm then you will find music at the Tithe Barn this month truly fascinating. Four piece band Fascinating Rhythm play the Great American Song Book at the Nailsea venue on Saturday, February 23. The band are made up of Sara Colman (voice), Chris Gumbley (clarinet/sax), Al Gurr (piano) and Ben Markland (bass) and the gig will be the final leg of their winter tour.

What’s on at Clevedon bookshop

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ebruary is getting busy in Clevedon Community Bookshop on Copse Road and ideas and suggestions for events in the evenings are continually appearing.

You can look on the bookshop’s  latest Facebook page for all of the information on events and a new website will be launched very soon.

Starting on Monday, February 18 and running until Monday, March 25, is a course on Creative Writing for Personal and Professional Development, led by Gill Gustar, takes place from 7.30-9.30pm. Further details and enrolment forms are available in the Bookshop and from k.angelaeveritt@gmail.com On Tuesday, February 26, Steve Green will present an evening on Forensic Science entitled Cases and Techniques from 7pm for 7.30pm. Tickets are £7 and include wine and tapas. During Half Term week the bookshop will offer a story telling session, times to be confirmed, and book repair workshops continue.

It will feature unique arrangements of American Songbook classics by Gershwin, Berlin, Brubeck and more. The gig will start at 7.30pm and tickets are £10 and available from Nailsea Music Shop and Clevedon Music Shop, or from Celia 07730 712374.

Calling all men

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he Clevedon Men’s Fellowship (CMF) is calling all men, especially those who are retired, to attend their February meetings. The CMF meets at the Baptist Church, Queen’s Square on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month. On February 13 Peter Shaw hosts a meeting entitled Don’t Forget the Diver and on February 27 Hugh Stebbing will present The Livery

Companies of the City of London. Both start at 10.30am for coffee and biscuits and at 11.am for the talk and it concludes with a short epilogue before noon. Michael Barry said: “Our meetings are friendly and informal and we are always glad to welcome newcomers. To find out more telephone 873083.

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What’s On Clevedon Gilbert and Sullivan

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levedon Gilbert and Sullivan Society will be performing Lolanthe this month at the Community Centre on Princes Road.

The comic opera centres on a rather messy love triangle - the Lord Chancellor has fallen in love with his own ward, Phyllis, but Phylis is in love with a shepherd, Strephon, who turns out to be half a fairy. Strephon’s lively mum, Lolanthe – a whole fairy – is the Chancellor’s thought to be dead wife. Who will marry who? And can Lolanthe get her son happily hitched without risking death by revealing to the Chancellor she is still alive and

that Strephon is his son? The show will feature some wonderful music and will run from Wednesday, February 13-Saturday, February 16 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £9 from 01275 874651 - concessions are £8 and under 18s only £5 – and more details are available from www.clevedongs. co.uk. New members are always welcome and the Society meet every Friday from 7.30-10pm in the hall under St Peters Church, which is on the corner of Copse Road and Alexandra Road.

Top films at Curzon Three films that have dominated the Oscars and BAFTA nominations will be screened at the Curzon this month. First up is Les Miserables (12A), the long-awaited, epic film adaptation of the blockbuster musical which stars Hollywood heavyweights Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway. It is on daily from now until Thursday, February 14. The hunt for Osama Bin Laden is brought to the big screen in Zero Dark Thirty (15) thanks to Kathryn Bigelow, who also directed The Hurt Locker. For a decade, an elite team of intelligence and military operatives devoted themselves to a single goal: to find and eliminate the world’s most dangerous man. It will

run daily from Friday, February 15 to Thursday, February 21. Taking film lovers to the end of the month will be Lincoln (12A), which stars Daniel Day Lewis and Sally Field. In a nation divided, President Abraham Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery.

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What’s On who may wish to find out more about the Club can contact the Secretary Mr John Wooster on 01275 848720. Clevedon Archaeological Society, 28th Feb Clevedon Archaeological Society’s February meeting takes place on Thursday, February 28 at the Friends Meeting House, 15 Albert Road, Clevedon. It will see the welcome return of Dr Jodie Lewis, who will be giving a talk on ‘New research at the Priddy Circles and new insights into Neolithic Mendip.’ It starts at 7.30pm and visitors are welcome. Entry is £3 or 50p for juniors. Clevedon Camera Club, 18th Feb Clevedon Civic Society, 14th/21st Feb Clevedon Civic Society has two meetings this month. The first is on Thursday, February 14 when Peter Weeks will be giving a talk on Ashton Court Mansion – Past, Present and Future. Then on Thursday, February 21 David Pedder will be providing a talk entitled A Village Tragedy 1944. All meetings are held in St Andrew’s Church and start at 7.30pm. Non members are welcome for an entrance fee of £3.

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Out of School Club, 11th-15th Feb It only seems like yesterday that the kids went back to school – but they will be off again before you know it. If you’re not sure how you are going to entertain them over this coming half term then St Nicholas Chantry’s Out of School Club on Highdale Avenue could be the answer. The club will be open every day from Monday, February 11-Friday, February 15 from 8am-6pm for 4-11 year olds and any child attending a school in or outside Clevedon is welcome. There will be a huge number of activities for youngsters to take part in both indoors and out. The club is registered with appropriate bodies, including Ofsted, and parents and children who have not used the club before are welcome to visit before they book. Booking forms are available from the club on 07539 086412 and limited half day sessions are available. Gordano Probus Club, 13th Feb Gordano Probus Club will be holding their next meeting on Wednesday, February 13 at Clarence House from 12.30pm for lunch at 1pm. The Speaker will be Martyn Baxter on the subject of “Samaritans”. The club provides a meeting point for retired professional and business men whereby they maintain contact and fellowship with persons in similar circumstances and they hold their meetings on the second Wednesday of every month. Retired business men

Clevedon Camera Club’s next meeting is on Monday, February 18 at the Salthouse, Clevedon. Guest speaker is Roy Jacobson and will start at 7.30pm. Clevedon Link Every Tuesday Clevedon Link is a social club for single, widowed, divorced and unattached people over 40 and is currently in its 30th year. Meetings are held at the Walton Park Hotel, Clevedon, on Tuesday evenings and everyone is welcome to attend to get to know the club and the programme of events. The meeting will run from 8.30-11pm. Yeo Valley Probus Club 6th/20th Feb The Yeo Valley Probus Club has two meetings on this month that deal with serious issues, one very much of today and the other from a critical point in our history. On Wednesday, February 6, ‘Maggie’ is going to give an insight into the work of the Samaritans, a group of dedicated volunteers who provide a lifeline to people who find themselves in personal difficulties, and reach out for someone to listen. Then on Wednesday, February 20, Graham Hackett is going to talk about RAF Operations against the Mau Mau in Kenya in the 1950s. The meetings are both at 10.30am at the Backwell Bowls Club and new members are always welcome.

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Wellness Care: It’s the only way forward! Do you want to be pain free and well?! Being well means having a healthy balance of the mind, body and spirit which gives an all over feeling of well- being. “Wellness Care” is care without drugs that may not only help to alleviate health problems, and aches & pains, but may even help prevent them. Here at the Complete Health Clinic we take a wellness approach to your care.

We look for the underlying causes and help you to become healthier and happier! It is all too easy to forget those New Years resolutions at this time of year and slip back into bad habits. We can help with advice and support, hands on treatment and exercises to avoid a return to aches and pains, poor energy levels and so on.

To find out more about Wellness Care and to book an appointment with one of our Chiropractors or Physiotherapist please call us now on

01275 349 006

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Community News

A warm welcome awaits you at

The Bristol Inn,

CHAPEL HILL, CLEVEDON, TEL: 01275 872073

in more ways than one.

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he pub, situated on Chapel Hill in Clevedon, now features a snug with a roaring open fire, perfect for warming you up on a winter’s evening. It is a popular haunt for many in Clevedon for its atmosphere, food and entertainment and has recently had the cobwebs brushed off with a new smart, up to date look thanks to new furniture. Those who know the pub will enjoy the ambiance and comfortable surroundings, while those who have yet to visit will be very impressed. The pub has many things to impress. Delicious, fresh quality food is prepared by the chef, Matthew Jones, and comes at an affordable price. There are some great daily special deals too, including two selected main meals for £7.99. The popular Sunday carvery is £7.95 per head between noon-3pm, and there’s no excuse not to try the roast chicken family platter, with all the trimmings, that feeds a family of four for £20. 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 a pool table. The pub hosts Super League darts every week too, featuring none other than former Lakeside world champion Bob ‘The Limestone Cowboy’ Anderson.

Thatchers Gold and Carling on £2.85 per ly pint

Private functions are catered for, including any catering and the pub is family and dog friendly, and also features a children’s play area. Coach parties welcome. Put these together with drinks promotions, a large beer garden, huge car park, live entertainment and themed nights, and it’s a pub you can be proud to call your local. Join The Bristol Inn on Facebook. Telephone: 01275 872073

Great daily special de als including two select meals for £ ed main 7.99. Popular Su nday carve ry is £7.95 per head b etween no on-3pm Roast chic ken family platter, wit all the trim h mings, tha t fe e d sa family of fo ur for £20.

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Food & Drink Recipe Black Treacle Marmalade Makes about 10lb Cooking Time – Two and a half hours You will need: 1.3kg Seville Oranges 2 Lemons 2.8 lts Water 2.7kg Sugar 2 Tablespoons of Black Treacle

Instructions: 1. Wash and scrub the oranges and lemons. 2. Cut fruit in half and squeeze out the juice 3. Remove pips and membrane and discard 4. Cut the peel into thin shreds and place in a large preserving pan with the juice and water. 5. Bring to the boil and simmer gently, uncovered, for about two hours, until the contents of the pan are reduced by about half and the peel in really soft. 6. Add the sugar and black treacle and stir until completely dissolved. 7. Bring to the boil and boil rapidly until setting point is reached. 8. Allow to cook for 5-10 minutes before potting, and stir well to distribute peel. Pour into cooled sterilised jars and seal. 9. Label and store Note: Setting Point – chill a plate in the fridge, put a teaspoon of marmalade on the plate, cool for one minute and then push the surface with your finger. If the marmalade wrinkles then setting point is reached. Recipe supplied by Mrs Browns Homemade Preserves, supplier of homemade jams, chutneys, cakes, also local eggs. Available at Clevedon and Portishead markets

Food for thought this Valentine’s Day

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ood and drink play an important part in the romance of Valentine’s Day.

Couples often look for a special night of dining out and February 14 is one of the busiest nights of the year for restaurants. Most people think the most expensive restaurant is the best way to go, but some thought needs to go into choosing the right place. Get it right and your loved one will have a night to remember. Often the most romantic places are smaller, with low lighting, privacy between the tables and the right atmosphere. The great thing is that these types of snug places are more likely to be found in a local neighbourhood rather than the city. Of course, staying in and rustling up something special for a cosy night in front of the telly is also a great idea and treating someone to a delicious dinner all of your own making is a way of showing affection.

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Valentine’s Day

Valentines Day SPECIAL GIFTS FOR THE ONE YOU LOVE

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n February 14 millions of people across the world will be presenting their loved ones with chocolates, flowers and other gifts to celebrate their relationships. Whether you are a romantic or not there’s nothing wrong with highlighting a date on the calendar to celebrate love. Some people take the day

Swarovski Heart From £14.99

Milford Heart Only £9.99

My Favourite Wine Glass Only £15.99

Trained staff and free gift wrapping 2 Station Road, Clevedon, BS21 6NH. 01275 544232 info@present-co.co.uk

very seriously, taking care to plan special treats for the special person in their lives, while others see it as a great excuse to tell everyone they love how much they mean to them, from siblings, grandparents to friends faraway. We have been looking at gift ideas and special offers that are available right on your doorstep.

Find the Perfect present for someone special

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ow do you say I love you with a gift? Present Company in Queen’s Square, Clevedon believe they have the answer.

“We have created a range of gifts for men and women which stands out from the cheap and cheerful and yet is really sensibly priced.”

Owner Julie Bisacre has years of experience helping people find that special gift for individuals.

Some of the ideas are Present Company ‘specials’, like the Swarovski Heart pendants and earrings which are high quality and very reasonably priced.

She said: “Buying mass produced commercial gifts for someone special does not make them feel special at all. What is needed is something tailored to suit their personality and special enough to show them how much you care for them.

The sparkling earrings are only £14.99 a pair. Or the brand new mouth blown, handmade Valentine heart from Milford for only £9.99. The shop is bursting with heart related gifts including practical things like picture frames and coasters.

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Valentine’s Day Find love this year

Have the perfect Valentine’s Day

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Caroline Crowther Introductions was set up nearly 20 years ago before the days of the internet.

But for one day of the year we can at least try to be.

inding that someone special can be tough and the hectic lifestyles we all live today make it difficult to find time to meet the right person.

The current proprietor, Elaine Reynolds, who had worked alongside Caroline for nearly 10 years, took over the business when Caroline retired in 2011. Approachable and easy to talk to, Elaine is very much a people person and is easy to contact by telephone or e mail to give advice and reassurance during what might otherwise be daunting process. She is proud of the fact that she matches clients individually having spoken to them at length before placing them on her books. This is in sharp contrast to the ‘hit and miss’ nature of internet dating sites. Clients range from 40 to late 70s, and there have been some lovely success stories. Many clients join the agency as a result of personal recommendations by friends or colleagues who have been matched successfully. Elaine says “There is nothing more satisfying than helping people to meet that special person that they need in their life. “ So if you are looking for a new beginning for 2013 and would like to chat to an advisor, telephone 0800 056 3179 or 01934 744788.

hile some will think of themselves as Casanova’s, most of us would probably say we were not exactly great romantics.

Thursday, February 14 is as you know Valentine’s Day, the day you can go out of your way to make your partner feel special. The great thing is you can make this day perfect and it doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated; a successful Valentine’s Day results from thoughtful planning and paying attention to the small details. Romance is perfect when it’s unexpected so planning a surprise is a sure fire winner with your other half. Make a plan as to what you’ll do to surprise them, such as having flowers sent to their workplace, packing them a special lunch or turning up at their workplace with their favourite food. You could take them somewhere for an evening they really enjoy.

bookings or buy tickets in advance if needed. Being spontaneous and playful is also good, while another great way of making someone feel special on Valentine’s Day is to offer to take care of everything for a day. This could mean paying, driving, cleaning, washing – everything. If you plan to go out in the evening then you could build it up like a date. Leave a note and picture of the two of you in his car the day before saying you’re excited. Wake up Valentine’s morning and start getting gorgeous immediately.

Make sure you do all the planning so that you’re not at a loss for what to do and so that you can make

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Health & Beauty

Get fit with Nic

My experience by Kevin Emery

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’ve always thought keeping fit to be quite boring. You run on your own, you work out on your own; it seems to me to be a rather lonely experience.

What you need is to be able to get fit while having some fun at the same time. I was invited along to one of Nic’s Energy and Fitness classes. Qualified fitness and dance instructor Nic Devonshire has been running energy and fitness classes in Portishead, Clevedon and Nailsea for some time now. So it was to the Clevedon Conservative Club I went to see what all of the fuss was about. Nic runs three classes this evening; Bokwa,

Zumba, Bokwa Monday Clevedon Conservative Club Bokwa: 6.15-7pm Fitness: 7pm - 8pm Zumba: 8pm - 9pm

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Fitness and Zumba – and I did them all. Bokwa is a cardio workout where participants draw letters and numbers with their feet to the beat of the music. My sense of timing and rhythm is terrible but, while I struggled at first, by the end of the class I was drawing J’s, B’s, C’s and L’s with my moves. Well nearly. I felt a bit more at ease with the fitness class, which involved aerobic exercise, toning floor work and body conditioning, but after the thorough workout I was on my last legs; not a good sign as I still had Zumba to come. I’ve never been much of a mover, in fact the least said about my dancing the better, but it was good fun. The upbeat tempo of the music lends itself to an energising workout. Nic was a great instructor and the main emphasis was on having fun and enjoying it. Everyone was very welcoming too.

Fitness Aerobic exercise which includes toning floor work and body conditioning.

Zumba Tuesday Latin- inspired dance Clevedon Conservative Club fitness program. Fitness: 10am - 11am Bokwa

Grove Junior School, Nailsea South African-inspired energizing cardio workout. Fitness: 7pm-8pm Zumba 8pm-9pm Thursday Portishead Youth Centre Fitness plus crèche facility: 10am - 11am Bokwa: 11.15am-12pm Highdown Infants School Bokwa: 7pm - 7.45pm Zumba: 8pm - 9pm

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The main bonus is that you get a good workout too. Nic takes all three classes – and I don’t know how she does it. Is it possible to have fun AND exercise? Thanks to Nic the answer is yes. For more information telephone 07917 430946, email nic. bradbury@yahoo. com; or just turn up to one of her classes. I might see you there!

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Health & Beauty Get fit with your dog

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here are many ways to get fit without having to go to the gym and use traditional gym machines. One type of exercise in particular could be about to take over when it comes to free-style exercising - and not only will it keep you in good shape, but also your dog. CaniX stands for canine cross-country and means running with your dog. In fact you have probably seen people doing it in the park. CaniX allows you to maintain a healthy lifestyle for you and your dog, strengthens the bond between owner and pet and it can be enjoyed by all ages.

ultra-endurance athletes, to kids, and those who just love to do things with their dogs. People from the age of seven and dogs from the age of one onwards can enter, and at certain events, short courses are set for under elevens to enter on the day. For more information, visit www.cani-cross.co.uk.

No special equipment is needed and running with your dog on a lead at your side is a great way to start out, but as you progress there is other equipment that can make it easier. Many people choose to harness their dog’s pulling power and chase instinct with a dog running harness or waist belt which is more comfortable for both you and your dog Dogs soon learn the difference between their collar and their running harness – understanding that they can pull with one and not the other. The running harness directs all the pulling power to the dogs chest and shoulders away from the neck. The feel is totally different to the collar and significantly more comfortable. If your dog is unfit, go at their pace, give them lots of breaks, plenty to drink and gradually increase your distance and speed, while dogs under the age of one should not be given excessive exercise. In fact, there are even fun events held around the country thanks to CaniX UK. Previous events, which cater for all shapes and sizes, and breed, and all fitness levels, have included vision impaired entrants running with a human guide, hearing impaired entrants running with their Hearing Dogs, people who have had a triple heart by pass, 10km/ marathon/

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88% FAIL Do YOU need a NEW solution to your New Years Resolution??

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ts about this time 5/6 weeks in, that all the mental clarity, positivity, determination and enthusiasm that we felt when we made our resolution starts to waiver if it hasn’t already failed says fitness & fat loss expert Deborah Welch.

My advice? Don’t change your goal, you really can still achieve whatever it is that you are desperate for just………….change the path that will lead you there! Your path is very important when it comes to goal setting. So if you’ve already failed, you JUST chose the wrong path for you! Have a re-think, find a different way and don’t be afraid of change! If you don’t go after what you really want you will never have it! Find something/someone that motivates and inspires you into

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change and eventually it will become a habit “motivation is what gets you started but habit is what keeps you going” Take each day at a time and focus on being better today than you were yesterday, you don’t have to wait until you reach your goal to be proud of yourself, be proud of each little step that you take in the right direction and it won’t take long I promise!! AND….. to make sure you succeed long term don’t begin a change in your nutrition or an exercise plan that has a start and end date, focus on a lifestyle that will last forever. I ensure that my campers and clients completely understand that we should always, always, improve health

before weight loss if we truly want to become leaner and fitter. Strive for a healthier way of living and you’ll be amazed at your results, you’ll be amazed at how different you can feel in as little as 7/10 days!! One of the major side effects of becoming healthier is fat loss not just ‘weight’ loss, it’s a win-win situation!! You can add Deborah on facebook - Deborah Welch Fitness and Fat Loss - and trawl through the proof of before and after photos, visit www.deborahwelchfittness.com or call 0781 6969955. “if nothing changes……nothing changes”

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Community Health & Beauty News New Macmillan Dietetic Team Appointed at Weston Hospital

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acmillan Cancer Support and Weston Area Health Trust have joined together to provide a Macmillan Dietetic Service for the local community. New team members have been appointed, and they include Lean Macmillan Dietitian Sian Russell, Macmillan Dietitian Hannah Burton, and Felicity Ounsley, who is a Macmillan Dietetic Support Worker. The team will be supporting people throughout their cancer journey so that they can help them best meet their nutritional needs and maximise their quality of life. During treatment some patients experience a loss of appetite or nausea that might cause them to lose

weight. Others may have long-term side effects as a result of surgery or treatment and might need to change their diet. They see patients in a variety of settings including in hospital, outpatient clinics, patients own homes and at cancer support groups. Sian said: “Eating and drinking is an important part of our lives, people with cancer often have specific dietary requirements which need expert advice and management. “The Macmillan Dietetic Team offers a patient centred service to people

affected by cancer throughout all stages of their cancer journey”. Tracey Lee, Macmillan Fundraising Manager, said, “We are delighted to welcome Sian, Hannah and Felicity to their new roles. “Cancer is the toughest fight that many of us can face so it is important that the right team is in place to give appropriate support.

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Health & Beauty Community News Get in trim for the months ahead At this time of year many of us are looking forward to warmer spring days and planning a well deserved summer holiday. However, one thing might cast a shadow over these thoughts - the knowledge that carrying a bit of extra weight might mean last year’s summer outfits might not fit, and you’re not able to be as active as you would like. Don’t worry though because help is at hand with Slimming World and they

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have two consultants with groups in Clevedon. Gail Norton knows exactly how it feels to be overweight. It was taking a toll on her health and she had been diagnosed with high blood pressure and diabetes. She realised that she could not continue down that path and decided to join her local Slimming World Group, where she was amazed to discover how easy it was with the fabulous Extra Easy Plan. The plan allows you to enjoy all the home cooked family meals that you already love as well as a glass of wine, packet of crisps or a bar of chocolate. Gail has recently moved to a lovely warm venue at Christchurch (see below)and will be pleased to welcome you on Thursdays at 7.30pm.

Angela Richardson, who has been with Slimming World for 18 years, runs groups on a Wednesday. If you’ve not been to one of the groups before, you’ll be surprised how friendly and successful they are. It’s not just about getting on the scales, it’s about inspiration, support and motivation to help you achieve your goal. What have you got to lose beside your weight?

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Community News Health & Beauty Tan turns heads for Laura

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he ground might have been covered in snow recently; and the last thing people think of in February is the sun. But you can still get that beautiful bronzed look without getting on a plane. Mobile Spray Tan Bristol brings the salon, and sun, to your home, so it looks like you’ve just come back from the Caribbean when in actual fact you’ve dropped the kids off at school. The service works by arranging for professionally qualified beauticians to visit clients at a time and place most convenient for them; whether it be the home, at a friend’s house or even at the office. Having had a few spray tans before, Gordano Living’s Laura Rowbotham tried Mobile Spray Tan Bristol to see how they matched up. She was very impressed with the whole process. Laura said: “From the start it was simple. The online booking form was really easy to use. You can choose from the different treatments available and then you fix up a convenient time. “Shelley is the beautician who covers Portishead so I selected the time slot between 5-7pm and then Shelley phoned to confirm 6pm. It was so straight forward.”

A mobile dome tent is put up in the house and you then choose the shade of your tan. Laura added: “They provide the sticky pads for your feet, paper pants and a shower cap. Shelley put towels everywhere to make sure the house stayed clean too. When it had finished I was provided with an aftercare pack. “I’m delighted with the result. It’s a great spray tan and the service was excellent. Shelley was friendly and thorough. It was also reasonably priced at £16.75. The result has already had heads turning in the town too. When someone in Waitrose asked Laura if she had been on holiday she jokingly said she’d been to the Algarve. To book a spray tan or other treatments visit www. mobilespraytanbristol.co.uk.

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Health & Beauty

13 tips for long term lovers V

alentine’s Day and Spring is not just for young lovers. Here’s some useful tips for long term lovers

Make time – set aside time to spend with each other and stick to the commitment.

Communicate – talk and share about the ups and downs of your day, the challenges and frustrations.

Dream together- talk about the future you want to share together, dream home/ lifestyle – dream extravagantly.

Learn something new together – Couples can develop together by learning new activities and hobbies.

Touch – human touch has the power to soothe, support and encourage, whether it’s a kiss, hug or making love.

Laugh – take time to sit down together, watch a comedy or play a game that makes you laugh. Laughter releases endorphins, that’s natures feel good chemicals. When you laugh together it creates a positive atmosphere. Be open about your feelingsthe more you share your emotions the closer you’ll feel. All of us want to be loved for who we are deep down inside, so make sure your partner knows you inside out.

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Be thoughtful- one of the best ways to show someone you love them is by doing little things for them -make a cup of tea, ask how they are, do a chore, buy in favourite food.

Add a little romance – Romance isn’t just flowers, chocolates or a meal. Try and be original, it shows that your partner is special.

Spice up your sex life- Talk to your partner about how things could be more exciting, new positions, new techniques or toys. Invest in a good sex guide and share it together.

Remember to say “I love you”. It’s easy to assume you don’t need to say it but no one can hear those words too often.

If your relationship isn’t blooming get in touch with Paul Welcomme at Clevedon Counselling and get some help.

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ometimes it is just nice to stop what you’re doing and relax. The spa at Cadbury House is renowned for its relaxation-inducing qualities.

Gordano Living has teamed up with the spa at Cadbury House with a fantastic reader offer. Gordano Living readers can get a complimentary 15 minute upgrade on any treatment booked from the Massage Collection. To book telephone 01934 837231 or thespa@Cadburyhouse.com Terms & Conditions – Not available in conjunction with any other offer. Subject to availability. Must state promotion at time of booking.

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Health & Beauty

Exercise of the Month: Stiff - Arm Circles Similarly to other “stiff ” exercises, have an ever-so-slight kink at your elbow (just so your arm’s not locked out at the elbow joint) and keep your arms outstretched. 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 StiffArm Circles.

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ome of my most popular exercises to perform within the gym, I’ve never known taught or performed in any other gym or academy – they’re almost forgotten exercises. One such exercise is Stiff-Arm Circles (called ‘Around-the-World’ by my 78 year old friend Bob, of Bob’s Gym). With many people experiencing a shoulder injury (normally Rotator Cuff ) at some point within their lives, Stiff-Arm Circles really is an exercise that should be included within your gym workout routine. Performed correctly and used in conjunction with more familiar shoulder exercises (e.g. in a multiset), it can help toward working and strengthening your shoulder complex in almost every plane. Increased strength and increased mobility – that’s the way to avoid a shoulder injury in the first instance!

For further details of Globe Gripz and how they can improve your training, visit www.GlobeGripz. co.uk or www.GymProfessor.com .

Causing slight elevation of your shoulder complex, the exercise involves slow small to medium sized circles – both forward and b a c k w a r d rotation (e.g. 10 repetitions of forward rotation followed by 10 backward). Featured in the latest Men’s Health and Men’s Fitness magazines, Matt performs this exercise with his Globe Gripz invention in order to improve wrist comfort and increase exercise difficulty.

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You’ll need “baby” weights for this exercise – I’m serious. No “hero” antics of picking up big weights and losing form completely and/or injuring yourself. Most women will be picking up dumbbells of 2 to 4lbs each for this exercise, whilst heavyweight men will probably warrant no more than 15lb dumbbells. Alternatively, you can perform this exercise at home with two bottles of water (choose suitable sized plastic bottles and fill as appropriate).

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Health & Beauty Celebrity treatment at Betty Jones

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facial lifting treatment used by celebrities the world over is available in Clevedon thanks to Betty Jones beauty salon.

treatment system to combine CACI Non Surgical Facial Toning, Crystal Free orbital Microdermabrasion and LED Light Therapy.

The CACI Ultimate machine is the only

The facial lifting and toning system also works on improving the skin tissue, acne scarring, blemishes and sun-damaged, dry, dehydrated and problematic oily skin, and softens lines, wrinkles and works to generally improve the skin’s texture and tone. Some of the celebrities who are fans include Barbara Windsor, Jennifer Lopez, Dale Winton, Lisa Snowden and Gillian Taylforth. For more information visit www.bettyjones.co.uk or call 01275 343647.

Breath Awareness, Movement and Relaxation

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Pets Corner Man’s best friend

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ou’ve had a hard day at the office. The boss has had it in for you since the morning meeting, you forgot your lunch, and you’ve just had to sit in traffic for an hour on your way home. But there’s somebody waiting to see you when you get in; somebody who is going to be as happy to see you as you are to see them; somebody who will make you forget about the day in an instant and help you relax for the evening ahead. There is nothing quite like having a dog. It doesn’t matter how your day has been, they want nothing more than to shower you with their affection and for you to take them for a walk. We recommend buying a book on dogs detailing their temperament, exercise requirements and genetic history before getting a dog. A dog is very much part of the family. But having a dog isn’t as easy as you might think. They are man’s best friend, but they need looking after too. Dog food, vet bills, beds, leads, doggy mess bags – these are all costs that add up. You will also need to think about buying some suitable clothing for walking a dog, such as waterproofs, sensible footwear and a hat and gloves for those cold mornings and dark evenings.

Then there is the question of time. You need to be able to give your dog the time and attention it needs. If you and your partner both have full time jobs then having the time to look after your dog will be difficult. They need to be walked at least twice a day and leaving a dog cooped up at home is not good.

have young children then this is also something that you need to take into consideration when getting a dog. If you feel like you have the time to have a dog then it really is the best thing ever.

Then you have to consider where you live. If you live in a flat with no garden then it may not be sensible to get a dog, unless you live close by to a park or green space. If you

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Get your house sold!

pring is in the air, which means some sunshine, longer days and flowers and greenery appearing. It is also the traditional start of the house-buying season. In this particularly busy period sellers need to make their homes attractive as there is plenty of competition for buyers out there. There are steps you can take to help you achieve your goal of selling your property. Before putting your house on the market get some advice from a local estate agent.

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You will need to know what the likely demand for your property is; what price you might expect to get for it and how long it might take you to sell. It is also good to have some idea who is likely to buy your home. If

you live in a flat then it could be more likely that a professional couple may be interested, while if you are trying to sell a house it might be more family orientated. Make sure that you highlight things that will be of interest to any perspective buyers, like good transport links, proximity to shops and local amenities, schools and colleges. When you get to the viewing stage and potential buyers will be coming to have a look round your property, depersonalise your home as much as you can and make sure you get rid of any clutter. A clean, well-presented home is preferred by most buyers, so take the time to do some spring cleaning. If you have pets or children then it could be an idea asking a relative to take charge of them while the viewing takes place as they could prove a distraction.

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Home & Garden Gardening tips for February

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ow that the snow and the big freeze has subsided it’s time to assess winter damage and loss in the garden. There are plenty of jobs to do in February in preparation for the spring ahead too. Check outdoor containers are regularly watered and put up bird nesting boxes this month as it’s the last chance before tits start looking for a suitable residence. Although temperatures should start to rise, there is still a risk of frost

so make sure you protect any vulnerable plants, pots and taps by wrapping insulation, such as garden fleece, around them. Also, make sure any pots and containers are raised off the ground if possible. Gardens will have been battered by the snow so reassess any borders and consider moving or replacing damaged, overgrown or badly placed shrubs.

the lawn mower in for a service and check garden furniture for any rot. When it is warm enough, you can treat sheds and fences with wood preservative.

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Bird Box Making for Valentine’s Day

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von Wildlife Trust is hosting a Valentine’s Day Bird Box Making event on Valentine’s Day, Thursday, February 14. Visitors can buy a premade bird box as a gift for your loved one or put love and care into making your own. Information on positioning your bird box, encouraging birds into your garden and what species you might see will also be available, as well as a number of children’s activities too. The event will take place at the Horseshoe Nails green space on Pheonix Way from 11am-4pm. For more information, telephone Neil Hutton on 07808 789 192.

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Motor Become a better driver

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e all start the New Year in a determined burst of well-meaning yet often short lived ‘resolutions’ for selfimprovement. Many people will have made their New Year’s resolutions and most will have gone for the usual ones like getting fit and quitting smoking. However, if you’ve already given in to that tempting tasty treat, don’t despair – the Weston and Mendip Advanced Motorists’ Group can help steer you in the right direction towards becoming a better and safer driver – and provide you with a New Year’s resolution that’s also a skill for life. Most of us think we’re fairly good drivers if we can navigate from A to B without bumping into anything – or anyone – along the way. And while it’s true that the risk of having an accident is fairly small – around a one in seven chance for the average driver – it’s also a fact that road traffic accidents are responsible for almost half of all accidental deaths in Britain. What’s more, in more

than 90 per cent of cases, these ‘accidents’ are the result of human error.

our actions behind the wheel, and that’s where further driver training can help.

Whilst there’s no such thing as the ‘perfect’ driver, every motorist could improve an aspect of their driving, whether that’s observation, planning, anticipation or hazard management, and in the process reduce their risk of becoming yet another road casualty statistic.

Training as an advanced motorist helps you to think both for yourself and others, so you can plan for their mistakes, thereby keeping everyone out of harm’s way.

But enough about other people’s driving – it’s your driving over which you have the greatest influence. Road safety might be everyone’s business, but we all need to take individual responsibility for

Taking advanced driver training, such as the ‘Skill for Life’ course offered by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), the UK’s largest independent road safety charity, is a way to develop the observation, planning and anticipation skills that are essential for safe and progressive driving. Why not make a New Year’s resolution to become a better, safer driver by contacting Weston and Mendip Advanced Motorists on 07020 934714 for a FREE driving assessment or demonstration drive? For more information visit www.weston-iam. org.uk or www.facebook.com/WestonIAM.

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Motor

Mobile showroom app for Mazda6

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azda has launched a ‘mobile showroom app’ for smartphones dedicated to the new Mazda6 which provides a comprehensive insight into the car. Designed for Apple and Android devices, it features high-resolution and 360-degree exterior and interior views which allow the user to sit virtually in the Mazda6 as if they were in the car itself. The Mazda6 promises high performance, low fuel consumption and emissions coupled with outstanding driver engagement.

The app allows users to configure their ideal car and share it with friends and family from the comfort of their home. The easy-to-use mobile showroom enables customers to choose their favourite all-new Mazda6 exterior colour, alloy wheel designs and interior upholstery on both the Saloon and Tourer body styles.

the new model’s key safety features, infotainment functions and much more. Users can also visit Mazda’s website at the touch of a button.

With superb image quality and a camera function, they can even take a ‘snapshot’ of their configured vehicle to save and share with friends, or use the app’s information tab to discover

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Sport Ground staff work wonders at Hand Stadium

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fter having had three games postponed due to the weather, ground staff performed wonders between the Christmas and New Year period in order to get the pitch ready for a New Years Day fixture that saw Clevedon Town take on Bridgwater Town. The Evo-Stik Southern League Division One South and West match ended in a hard fought 1-1 draw with a goal from Aron Robbins. Next up for Clevedon Town was an away trip to Winchester City and Micky Bell’s much changed side won 0-2 thanks to goals from Dan Williams and Mike Stephenson, avenging their early season defeat at the Hand.

Clayton Fortune shoots for goal

After another magnificent effort by the ground staff, Clevedon Town’s home game against Evesham United went ahead. The home side managed to snatch a 1-1 draw with a 91st minute equaliser from Clayton Fortune.

Swimming success

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wimmers from Clevedon Amateur Swimming Club achieved success at both Plymouth and Millfield for the two final open meetings of 2012. The Hotspring Southwest sponsored club had 29 swimmers competing at the Yeovil Christmas Open Meet at Millfield, where senior girl’s captain, Ellie Chappell, picked up three gold’s ,one silver and two bronze medals from seven events. Keziah Douglas, who swam a fast 50 metres freestyle, won a bronze, while nine year old Ben Penhale came away with two bronze medals in the 9/10yr old category. Lucy Barratt posted personal best times in all of her five events, and she was joined by Bethan Collins, who posted personal best times in two events. Down at the high level Plymouth meet Tom Jones, Callum Greenwood, Lizzie Warnes, George Leaman and Sam Thomas all performed well against strong opposition. The Club is now looking forward to the new season and the County Championships.

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