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Happy New Year everyone!

s we go into another New Year we would like you to join us for what promises to be another busy fun filled 2013. We know a new year could mean a new you, and with that in mind we have put together a fantastic supplement titled New Year – New You. It will give you all the low down on how to get yourself fit and healthy and looking good for 2013. In addition there is the usual favorites of community news, child’s play, what’s on and business. We hope all Clevedon Living readers had a good festive season and we look forward to hearing all your news and views in the coming year. With best wishes Mathew Rowbotham & John Cant Co-editors

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Community News Local Rotary Club active in Clevedon

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he Rotary club of Clevedon Yeo have been busy in the last couple of weeks supporting local initiatives and charities in the area. Members held a Christmas Hamper raffle at the Clevedon Pride Christmas lights switch on, which was won by Mr Howard Kirby of Clevedon and he generously donated the hamper back to the club to be put to use in the community. It has now been donated to local families. Club members also assisted Clevedon Foodbank with their weekend collection spending a considerable number of hours at stores in the Clevedon and Portishead area. A substantial quantity of foodstuffs were donated that will be re-distributed to provide a boost to families in the area who are

experiencing difficulties at this time. Club President Steve Molloy said it was “a fabulous initiative that we support wholeheartedly.” The club also has plans for other initiatives in the New Year including adopting some local flower beds, revisiting Clevedon Community School for Mock Interviews, and holding a number of fund raising events.

The club will be holding a ‘Bring a buddy to Butcombe’ visit to the Butcombe brewery in March and prospective members are very welcome. For further details ring Mike Anderson on 01275 540325 and for more details on club activities visit: www.clevedonyeorotary.org.uk

Salvation Army concert a success

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he Clevedon Corps of the Salvation Army lifted the rafters at the Methodist Church in Nailsea last month with a rousing concert. The concert was hosted by the Rotary Club of Nailsea & Backwell, and provided a programme of music and entertainment whilst raising much needed funds for the local Parkinson’s Society.

Rotary President Roy Ackrill handed over a cheque for £650 to Peter Marsh of the Parkinson Society at the end of what has become a major pre-Christmas fundraiser. The Rotary Club would like to say a big thank you to Major Slade and his Clevedon team, and everyone who came along to Silver Street on the day.

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Community News

Clevedon Osteopath becomes record breaker

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healthy rivalry there with Pete. But I’m quicker!”

Zara Ford, who owns Walnut Grove Clinic in Portishead, set a new World Female Speed Sailing Record of 45.83 knots, which is about 52.7 miles per hour, at the Luderitz Speed Week, Walvis Bay, Nambia.

Zara, who was born in Bristol and has lived in Portishead and Clevedon for the last 25 years, said: “I’m 46 and the woman I was up against was 23 and a professional so it shows that if you work hard it doesn’t matter. But it is very physical and you do have to be fit.

clevedon resident is officially the fastest women on a windsurfing board in the world.

She has been working up to it for seven years, from 2005, and windsurfs at Weston and does her speed sailing training in Weymouth and West Kirby in Liverpool. Part of her training also involves body management with Dan at Alexander Gym in Clevedon and she runs and swims with Portishead and Clevedon Triathlon (PAC Tri). Zara said: “It helps if you are tall I’m 6ft and have broad shoulders – so I’m a big lass, which is definitely an advantage. “I treat small athletes who can run for hours and I sometimes think wouldn’t it be great to be able to do that, but then in my sport they wouldn’t do very well”. “The best way to describe it is it’s like a bowling ball. If you bowled a heavy ball and a light one the heavier one would pick up more speed once it gets going.” “I got into speed sailing by accident really. My husband Pete went to a competition and they needed more women to step in. I could windsurf so thought why not. There’s a lot of

Another thing Zara is proud of is that she beat the world record with a normal board and not one that was specially made. “It is the first time the world record has ever been broken with a production board. The board is a Mistral Speed 41 and the sail is a 5.5 Square metre Simmer SC Race.” Will Zara be tempted to try and break her own world record?

“I’m recovering at the moment and I will decide if I’m going to go again later in the year. It’s a big challenge to go over 46 knots so it will not be easy to break. I’d really like to take the women’s record up to 50 knots”.

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Community News Photo by Jeremy Long

Drama workshop gets panto help for show

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drama workshop for people who have learning difficulties will be staging a pantomime later this month – with a little help from a well known local actor. Lively Atmosphere, which is supported by The Brandon Trust, is putting on Snow White at the Scotch Horn Centre in Nailsea at the end of the month. During what have been busy rehearsals, Chris Harris, actor, director, writer and the well known Dame of panto, dropped in to give them some useful panto hints and tips. Chris, who has appeared in UK TV series including The Labyrinth, directed this year’s production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Bath Theatre Royal. The group was formed in September 2007 and currently has 25 members who come from all over the Clevedon, Nailsea, Portishead and Weston area.

Rehearsals take place each week in Clevedon on Thursday evenings and any funds raised from the shows pay for room and auditorium hire, costumes and additional support. Along with their team of staff and volunteers they also have support from Nailsea Musicals who help with sound and lighting. Snow White runs from Thursday, January 31-Saturday, February 2, with evening shows on the Thursday and Friday and a matinee on the Saturday. Tickets are available from Nikki Jeffrey on 01275 342069 or email nikki.jeffrey@brandontrust.org

Balmoral will not run in Bristol Channel this year

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he Balmoral will not run cruises in the Bristol Channel in 2013 due to a poor summer season last year caused by the terrible weather. Each year an estimated 5,000 people visit Clevedon Pier for Balmoral cruises. The Waverley Steam Navigation Company, a registered charity, raises money through the excursions to maintain and preserve both The Waverley and the Balmoral. But the recent poor weather has led to many cancelled or disrupted sailings which has impacted on the ship’s contribution to the charity’s income.

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Community News

Trophy winners announced at Pilot Club dinner

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he closing of another busy year for Clevedon’s Pilot Gig Club was marked by their second Annual Dinner and Dance held at the Walton Park Hotel. The event saw the announcement of the 2012 Annual Club Award Trophy Winners, voted for by the club membership and committee.

A packed house also enjoyed a thoroughly relaxing and less strenuous evening after a particularly successful year which included visits to the World Championships in the Scilly Isles, the Newquay Championships and to Muiden in Holland, all of which saw the Club’s teams achieve excellent placings in what was their first proper full season of regattas and racing. Club Chairman, Andrew Brown, gave a rundown of the Club achievements

and highlights of the year, including the tremendous growth in membership, exceptional results in the World Championships, the fine performances of the Ladies’ teams, the purchase of the second gig, Blackbird, plus the addition of a smaller flashboat which will be invaluable in training the Youth teams staring next Spring. He was also able to give the surprise announcement that the Club had agreed to acquire yet another Training Gig from Barnstaple Pilot Gig Club to expand facilities even further, a remarkable achievement only 18 months on from launching the first gig ‘Watch and Pray’.

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Community News Fair trade at Clevedon Community Bookshop Co-operative

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levedon Community Bookshop has been supporting an organization in Bangladesh through the buying and selling of fair trade cotton bags. Angela Everitt, Secretary of Clevedon Community Bookshop Co-operative, visited Dhaka in November and brought back with her 500 cotton bags to sell to customers in the Bookshop in Copse Road throughout December. The bags are made and printed by Corr-the Jute Works, an alternative trading organisation in Dhaka registered with the World Fair Trade Organisation, and features their logo. They aim to alleviate poverty, especially amongst women, through the development of fair trade products, producer groups and markets. Angela has been involved in fair trade in Bangladesh for a number of

years and is convinced by the evidence that fair trade makes a difference to poor women. Through setting a fair wage and fair working conditions, and through training to make the products but also to improve their health and education, women in producer groups linked to Corr-the Jute Works benefit from increased income, enhanced status within their families and communities, and stronger assertiveness.

small contribution to doing the same in Bangladesh.

Their daughters are much more likely to go to school and continue with their education than those of workers in non fair employment in Bangladesh. The bookshop continues to work to spread ideas of fairness and now, complementing one of its objectives to enhance the literacy and literary profile of Clevedon, it’s making a

Pier comes up just short at awards

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levedon Pier came up short in the St John Ambulance First Aid Awards 2012 but still received recognition for reaching the final. Clevedon Pier Mistress Linda Strong attended a prestigious ceremony at The Lancaster London Hotel after the Pier had reached the finals in one of the categories for Retail, Leisure and Tourism.

rewarded for going that extra mile in order to give our visitors that extra confidence when visiting the pier.” Clevedon Pier, the UK’s only Grade I listed pier, was nominated for its commitment to first aid, with eight out of nine staff trained first aiders. The awards were first launched in July last year to celebrate and raise awareness of individuals, businesses and communities that are leading the way in first aid.

They were one of six contenders to include the likes of The Royal Shakespeare Company and The Roald Dahl A. Cleaning Service Ltd. Museum & Story Centre. Linda was presented with a finalist certificate to display at the pier, and said: “It is great to be able to show the staff and volunteers they have been

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Community News Christmas Lights in Clevedon

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t may not have been a white Christmas but Clevedon residents were able to enjoy some snow over the festive season. Clevedon’s town centre was lit up thanks to community group Clevedon Pride with an event that cost £10,000 to put on. The grand lights switch on in Queen’s Square was performed by Daphne Fowler, who has featured on the BBC quiz show Eggheads for nine years. The switch-on coincided with Clevedon Pride’s annual Christmas fair in the centre of town which featured a host of stalls, bouncy castle,

fairground rides, seasonal songs, Father Christmas, refreshments, and a snow machine making it look like a winter wonderland. Clevedon Pride chairman Jo Leigh-Jones said: “It is very much a community event and it was a real pleasure to see so many people turn up to support it. “I would like to thank all members of Clevedon Pride who have worked so hard during the year to raise money to pay for the lights. I would also like to thank all the traders and local

organisations who have helped out with financial donations.” The event raised around £1000 and means that they are close to hitting the £10,000 target. It was the fourth year the voluntary group has held a Christmas fair and it was the end of what has been another successful year for Clevedon Pride.

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boundary and beyond. “We now move on to our next cycling project, already in the planning and consultation phase, to connect Clevedon with Weston and eventually to have a seamless cycle route through the district.” The route was built under a joint partnership between North Somerset Council and sustainable transport charity Sustrans, backed by the Big Lottery Fund, which is providing new walking and cycling links from where people live to work, school, shops and leisure facilities in communities across the UK.

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Community News

Adge Cutler celebrated in new book

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new book celebrating one of the West Country’s great larger-thanlife performers, Adge Cutler, has been launched. Adge Cutler lived in both Tickenham and Nailsea and Adge: King of the Wurzels is the first major biography of Adge Cutler.

He formed the Wurzels in 1966 and set about taking the country by storm with his songs about the people and places of the West. The book - the first to be published by new Community Interest Company Bristol Books - is by author and journalist John Hudson, who spoke to scores of Adge’s relatives, friends and acquaintances to gain a unique insight into the life and untimely death of a man whose songs are still loved all over the region and beyond. John Hudson said: “He was endlessly fascinated by what was going on around him, whether it was the village life of Nailsea, with all its rich characters, the rough-andtumble of the building site at Portishead power station or the thriving Bristol jazz and folk scenes of the Fifties and Sixties. “A lot of people know that Adge was Acker Bilk’s road manager before he carved out a musical career of his own – but long before that he was entertaining his friends with his songs and forever

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Shop Locally

Anne and Kevin move onto bigger things With the economy still struggling, it is nice to hear of a local business that has had to move premises to expand. Many residents will know the Made 4 U sandwich bar at the bottom of Chappel Hill, and owners Kevin and Anne have moved to a new space on Queen Square, in place of The Piazza Bar.

Kevin said: “It is fair to say that we outgrew Made 4 U. We used to have people phoning up wanting to book tables - and we only had four.”

and they have retained their regulars while offering a warm welcome. It has also allowed them to take on more staff.

Some residents will notice the shop front still says The Piazza Bar on it, and Kevin and Anne have come up with a novel way of deciding on a new name.

In terms of food everything is still made fresh for you, and they still do breakfast, including a full English, and lunch.

“We are going to let the public decide what it’s going to be called so we have a suggestion box on the counter.”

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Shop Locally

Art plays its part for inspired Naomi

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t’s fair to say that Naomi Triggol has been involved with art for most of her life. Born and bred in Clevedon, this local artist and designer was inspired by her art teacher at an early age before studying art and architecture. But apart from being recognised for her art, locals will recognise her from her time as a Primary School teacher at Mary Elton School and Tickenham Primary, as well as her time in amateur dramatics for the Clevedon Light Opera Club and Tickenham Players. She has even been a Calendar Girl at the Weston Playhouse recently. Now a full time artist, Naomi has an inbuilt passion for structure and buildings, and paints local structures

in oils and acrylics, as well as creating pen and ink sketches. Her art has been described as contemporary fine art. Naomi has painted private commissions for over a decade and now her work is available through her website and on display in Tiffin Clevedon on the seafront.

Tiffin will be playing a big part in Naomi’s schedule this year as, being an interior designer too, she is working on a restaurant and champagne bar which is opening, in Jersey, in February. You can view Naomi’s work at www.naomitriggol.com and contact her on 07718 900 273 or info@naomitriggol.com.

Following a solo exhibition at the Pier Toll House in December 2011, and an end of year sale at Tiffin Clevedon in December 2012, her art will again Affordable Prints - Oils & Acrylics - Silk Batik be on display this year at 2 shared exhibitions. Firstly, in July at the Bristol Guild followed by a joint exhibition with Hayley Jones (The Coach House Gallery) at the Grant Bradley Gallery in Bedminster in November.

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Education

Clevedon school news

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levedon business students presented a cheque for more than £2000 to the Children in Need Appeal thanks to their Enterprise Mentorship programme.

post 16 students, these activities have had a real impact on student success.

If you would like to support the Enterprise Mentorship programme in future by attending occasional lunchtime sessions or providing some guidance to students telephone Gill Cooper on 01275 876744 or email: gcooper@clevedon.n-somerset.sch.uk

Over the years business leaders have given help, advice and sponsorship to student teams raising thousands of pounds for charity. Whether attending a business lunch or by individually mentoring

New Scholarships introduced at QEH Juniors

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EH Junior School is offering Scholarships to its entrants at Year 3 for the first time in its history.

sport and music, as well as in the unique ‘QE Award’ – a junior version of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

A Scholarship stays with the pupil for the duration of their four years in the Junior School, and headmaster Martin Morris said: “We attract some of the brightest and best from the Bristol area to our Junior School and now want to recognise their academic potential more fully, and in a more tangible way.

The school is hosting an Open Morning for juniors on Saturday, February 2 from 10am. For more Independent Education for ages 3-11 information or Means-tested bursaries and scholarships available a prospectus Fairfield School, Fairfield Way, Backwell, Bristol BS48 3PD visit www. fairfieldschool.org.uk • secretary@fairfieldschool.org.uk 01275 462 743 qehbristol. co.uk, e-mail admissions@ qehbristol. co.uk or 5 February 9:30am - 11:30am telephone 0117 930 3068.

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They had the opportunity to determine the future of their village by helping the Parish Council prepare a Neighbourhood Plan, called Backwell Future, and feedback from the 500 plus visitors was said to be “positive.” The Parish Hall was filled with summaries of all sections of the Draft Plan, and access details of the issues and possible solutions prepared by the Parish Council’s Steering Group. Backwell, along with Long Ashton, are ‘frontrunners’ in North Somerset for what is a new process and are breaking new ground.

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Where to Walk

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he start point could be the Black Horse or thereabouts (Wood Lane).

Proceed up Wood Lane under the M5 in the virtual tunnel and at the top where the footpaths diverge from the road, take the left into the field, this skirts the top of the field with fine views back to Portishead. Follow this through to the stile and enter the woods. This path leads to Naish House and farm which you skirt around the back of. At a point where the footpath heads east you’ll notice the stile

heading south, take this into the field and follow through until you get to Cadbury Camp Lane. Cross directly over into Chummock Wood (marked Old Lane on the map EX154). This descends down the ridge towards the main Clevedon Road hitting this on one of those rightangle bends down by the Star Inn. The footpath ‘home’ is about 300m off this busy main road towards Clevedon (your west), but you won’t at least have to cross the road; it is where there is the golf driving range and ‘road’ leading upward to Folly Farm House, the footpath skirts around this. This path leads up to Cadbury Camp Lane again and if you’ve not yet been

to Cadbury Camp you’ll find it just off to your left, well worth a look. For the purposes of returning from whence you came, I suggest taking the route that leads over the M5 via the footbridge, so cross the CC Lane, walking NE bisecting another path heading slightly downward in the trees alongside (elevated) the M5 to the footbridge. On the other side the footpath leads down through the fields towards Clapton Court Farm where it joins Clevedon Lane. At this point you can head back along the lane directly to the start point (about 10 minutes), or head up towards the church and use the parishioners’ path in the fields leading back to Clapton-in-Gordano.

Why not join a walking group? Clevedon health walks: Friday, January 18 – The Bandstand, 10.30am Tuesday, February 5 – The Bandstand, 10.30am Walks are easy, on mainly flat roads and footpaths and under an hour in length. Make sure you wear suitable clothing and footwear, no dogs are allowed, and for more information telephone Sport & Active Lifestyles on 01275 882730.

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What’s On

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levedon Music Club is on the lookout for more members in order to help them continue providing concerts by the region’s top class performers. The club, which puts on a series of eight concerts every Autumn and Winter at the Community Centre in the Teignmouth Room, have a number of regular members who subscribe from year to year but are looking for more. It will kick off its 2013 monthly concert season on Tuesday, January 15, with a visit from some of the outstandingly gifted pupils of Badminton School with director of music Matthew Bale. It starts at 7.30pm in the Teignmouth Room at Clevedon Community Centre. This will be followed in February by an intriguing programme of Songs, Lyrics and Fairy Tales, an organ recital in March in St John’s Church by John Marsh with songs from soprano, Charlotte Newstead , with things rounded off by and a recital in April by pianist, André Schlimon. Membership for all four concerts is £22.50 while non-members are welcome at the door for £7. For more details telephone 01275 879099.

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t’s a packed January at Clevedon Community Bookshop on Copse Road as the new-year starts with a number of dates for your diary. Those who are keen to get into shape for 2013 can attend a 45 minute Diet MOT with registered nutritionist and dietitian Sue Baic on Monday, January 7. Tickets are £7 and include refreshments. The next module in the Creative Writing course, Poetry and Prose, will start on Tuesday, January 8 and will run for six weeks on Tuesdays until February 12. Led by Sian Midgley, it will focus on writing and appreciating poetry by drawing on both published poetry and prose to improve your own writing. Jenny Atkinson continues her theme of exploring the seasons through poetry, prose and art on Thursday, January 10 with A Celebrations of Seasons- Part 2 - Winter. Tickets are £7 and include seasonal refreshments. A talk on Portishead Blacknore Lighthouse by Bill Shier, including details of the Community Interest Company and how the campaign to save it works in practice, takes place on Monday, January 21, and tickets at £7 with refreshments. And on Wednesday, January 30, local publisher, freelance editor and book designer Adrianne Fitzpatrick will be in the shop.

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levedon Comedy Club presents the pantomime Sinbad The Sailor later this month at the Princes Hall. The club, which did its first production in June 1971, staged their first pantomime in January 1972, and since Aladdin the club has produced a pantomime every year since, with Cinderella in 2001 seeing the largest cast on stage for several years. It will be directed by Maureen Smith and is being staged from January 24-26 at 7.30pm, with a matinee on January 26 at 2.30pm. Tickets are £7 for adults, £6 concessions and are available from D&D Office Supplies, Old Church Road, Clevedon Community Centre on 01275 873405 or online from www. clevedoncomedyclub.co.uk.

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What’s On 12 hours of non-stop music in Clevedon

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levedon’s 2013 live music year kicks off in style later this month with Winterfest. The all day music festival takes place at Campbells Landing on Saturday, January 26 from noon to midnight and will feature 16 bands throughout the all day event. Winterfest is organised by Marlens, the local community organisation devoted to the restoration and renovation of Clevedon’s seafront. There will be two stages and the band list includes some top bands. They include popular Clevedonbased band Footloose who will be thumping out Thin Lizzy and classic rock covers. The Oakies formed in the Royal Oak in Copse Road in 2004 and will perform some original material and covers in R&B folk Americano style. Mr Zippy will be returning to their hometown where they were formed in 1993, and they have been playing their own take on skate punk for the last 14 years.

Other sounds you will hear will be ska/punk and reggae/rock Kenisia, folk music by the Poor Old Dogs, the energetic groove of The Relay Rips, and the fuzzy sound of Black Moss. For hard core revellers the music will carry on until 2am with a DJ set, and other events are also being planned for during the day to provide a complete family-oriented day out. Joe Norman, Chairman of Marlens, said: “This looks like being an even better event than last year’s - which was awesome.

“It might not be quite to Eavisstandards but you’ll not find much bigger or better mudfree music event around North Somerset. It’s a great chance to shrug off the post-Christmas and New Year blues and spend some of that January pay packet by indulging your ears and kidneys.” Entry is £3 and you can come and go as your favourite local and visiting bands tune-up and let go. Children under 11 have free entry. All proceeds will go towards funding the main Marlens Festival held on the Salthouse Fields every September.

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What’s On Square. There are plenty of great local items from suppliers in Clevedon to choose from, including fresh sponge cakes, decorations, handmade baby knitwear, wool scarves and costume jewellery.

Salsa Dancing New Salsa dancing classes take place at the Triangle Club, 1-3 Old Church Road, Clevedon in the new year, with an eight week beginners course followed by regular and very popular improver classes. Beginners are from 7-8.30pm, move to improvers from 8.30-9.30pm, improvers are from 9.30-10.30pm and it’s freestyle from 10.30-11pm. No partner is required so just come along and learn this fantastic dance, meet new people and have fun. For more information telephone 07971565406 or email eddie@abanicosalsa.com.

Drama Group Take The Lead is a drama group for children in school years 3-9. They have written their own script about time travel and can’t wait to showcase it to an audience, but first they need actors. The class takes place every Tuesday evening at Clevedon School. For more information contact ttlproductions@live.co.uk. Toddler group The Busy Bees Toddler Group takes place on Fridays in Clevedon from 10.30am-noon at Greyfriars Church Hall on Marine Hill. The group is for children up to four years of age and it is £1 per family.

Gordano Probus Club 9th Jan Gordano Probus Club provides a Clevedon Market meeting point for retired professional Clevedon Market takes place every and business men whereby they Thursday from 9am-4pm in Queen maintain contact and fellowship with persons in similar circumstances. They hold their meetings on the second Wednesday of every month and the next one will be at Clarence House in Portishead High Street on Wednesday, January 9 CLEVEDON CONSERVATIVE CLUB at 12.30pm for lunch at 1pm. The Speaker will be David Morgan THE BEST CLUB IN TOWN on the subject of “An Egyptian Odyssey”. Retired business men QUIZ NIGHTS, BINGO, SOCIAL who may wish to find out more DANCING, FUNCTION ROOM HIRE, about the Club can contact the PLUS LOTS LOTS MORE... Secretary Mr John Wooster on 01275 848720. For details on future events, please see Nailsea Wassail 19th of Jan our website www.clevedonconservativeclub.co.uk The Transition Town Nailsea 2013 Wassail takes place on Saturday, January 19 and is the second 01275 872834 Nailsea Wassail, reviving an 2 Kenn Road, Clevedon. BS 21 6EL ancient local tradition to ensure Email: clevedonconstiof@btconnect.com the health of the apple trees and a good harvest. Assemble

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outside the Old Farmhouse Pub, Trendlewood Way, Nailsea at 5pm for the family friendly event featuring Barly Rye choir singing traditional Wassail songs. A procession to the nearby old apple tree will take place and adults can partake in hot mulled cider and a collection made in the Wassail Cup. Please bring torch or lantern, noise makers (traditionally a wooden spoon and pan lid) wrap up warm with suitable foot ware for a fun experience. Orchestra Concert, 19th Jan Nailsea Concert Orchestra, conducted by Robert Jenner with soprano Zoe Maitland, present ‘A New Year Viennese Concert’ on Saturday, January 19 from at 7.30pm at Nailsea Methodist Church. The programme includes Overture ‘Poet and Peasant’ (Suppe), ‘Exsultate, jubilate’ Motet (Mozart), ‘Unfinished Symphony’ (Schubert), Overture ‘Die Fledermaus’ (Strauss), Waltz ‘Roses from the South’ (Strauss), Pizzicato Polka (Strauss), Radetsky March (Strauss – Senior), Waltz ‘Gold and Silver’ (Lehar), Thunder and Lightning Polka (Strauss). Tickets are £10, £1 for children, and are available from Nailsea Music Shop or on the door on the night. Clevedon Archaeological Society, 31st Jan The January meeting will be held on Thursday, January 31 at 7.30pm at the Friends Meeting House, 15 Albert Road, Clevedon. The speaker will be Peter Insole, Bristol City Archaeological Officer, and he will be doing a talk on ‘Know Your Place - local research using computerised historical maps and images.’ Visitors are welcome and entry is £3, juniors 50 pence. Seeing stars Those interested in the stars will not believe their eyes this month, with two live star gazing parties and an introduction to stargazing at Tyntesfield with the Bristol Astronomical Society. A Star Gazing Live star party will take place between Tuesday, January 8-Thursday, January 10 depending on which evening in the date range has the best forecast. Both evenings will be 7.30-9.30pm and they are £2 per person.

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What’s On While there are plenty of great things to do in Clevedon, there are also some things going on in the surrounding towns that are definitely worth a look.

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here will be a chance to see a world premiere at Backwell Playhouse later this month. The Playhouse is putting on a world premiere of the musical Manhattan Nights, with the script and lyrics written by Playhouse Theatre Company member John Upward and the music has been written by director Terry Milton. It tells the story of one man’s quest against gangster culture during the American Prohibition. It will run from Wednesday, January 23-Saturday, January 26 at the Playhouse on Mariners Drive in Backwell. It will start at 7.30pm every night and tickets are £10, £8 for members, with concessions for party bookings of 10 people or more, and they are available from the box office on 01275 462621, 0117 9641723, 07534 840790. Non member tickets are available online at www.backwellplayhouse.co.uk Snow White for Players

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ortishead Players kick off the 2013 with a production of Snow White. The story of Snow White and her jealous stepmother inspired

Disney to create an iconic cartoon classic - so great was its success that they still control all the rights to the names of the little forest dwellers and the music.

film charts the rise of Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, who won the F1 world championship three times before his death at age 34.

Portishead Players, in their 90th season, are taking on the challenge to stage a new version of this story by Alexandra Slater in true pantomime style, with a sparkling new score.

Doors open at 7pm, the screening starts at 7.45pm and there will be drinks and noiseless nibbles available.

Directed by Katie Strong, readings took place as early as last autumn while full rehearsals are starting straight after the new-year. The production will take place in Somerset Hall from Thursday, February 14-Saturday, February 16.

Tickets are £5, £3 for children but they must be accompanied by an adult.

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he Tithe Barn Film Club opens their 2013 season with a screening of The Artist on Sunday, January 13. It tells the tale of a silent movie star who meets a young dancer but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions. It is directed by Michel Hazanavicius and stars Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo. February kicks off with a screening of documentary film Senna on Sunday, February 3. The

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Pets Corner Caring for an older cat

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he oldest cat ever recorded is Creme Puff who was born on August 3, 1967 and lived until August 6 2005 - an amazing 38 years and three days. It’s unlikely that your cat will beat Creme Puff, but over the past decade life expectancy has been increasing due to better diets and improved understanding, recognition and treatment of common diseases of older cats. These days cats can last 20 plus years. If your cat is 10 years or older they should be considered senior citizens and regular health-checks are recommended.

Tips for your older cat. Old bones Cats are skilled at hiding discomfort and so it may not be obvious if they

are in pain because of arthritis, common in older cats. Signs to look out for are reluctance to jump on or off furniture or to use the cat-flap or scratch post and less tolerance of handling or interaction with other pets. You can help by providing a comfy bed and by making their food, cat-flap and litter tray more accessible. It is important to keep your cat’s weight down and your vet may also recommend joint supplements or anti-inflammatory medication. Overactive Thyroid

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Many older cats have an overactive thyroid. You may notice a gradual weight loss despite a good or even increased appetite, and an increase in drinking.

This is often seen in older cats. Signs may include an increase in drinking and urinating, a decreased appetite, vomiting, lethargy, poor coat condition and weight loss. Kidney disease can lead to high blood pressure, which in turn can lead to a more rapid decline in kidney function, in addition to heart and brain disease. Kidney disease cannot be ‘cured’, but we can often reduce the deterioration of the kidneys through a change in diet and medication.

Your cat may be more active than usual but have a dull and unkempt coat, and sometimes vomiting or diarrhoea. If hyperthyroidism is left untreated it can lead to severe and life threatening weight loss and heart failure.

Diabetes Older cats are also susceptible to diabetes, particularly if they are overweight. Diagnosis can be confirmed with a blood and urine test and it is treatable. As with human diabetes, this will mean daily insulin injections and dietary control, so a bit of owner dedication will be needed.

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Get fit while having fun S o, it’s a new year. It doesn’t feel that different from the old one, but you feel like something’s missing. Or more importantly, you feel like something needs to change. When it comes to getting fit then Nic Devonshire is the best person for the job. The qualified fitness and dance instructor has been running energy and fitness classes in Portishead, Clevedon, Nailsea and Weston-superMare and has more than 200 people already attending classes at the different venues.

Zumba, Bokwa Monday Clevedon Conservative Club Bokwa: 6.15-7pm Fitness: 7pm - 8pm Zumba: 8pm - 9pm Tuesday Clevedon Conservative Club Fitness: 10am - 11am

Nic runs a number of classes throughout the week, and all of them will help you get to that healthy level you want to be at in no time. Her Fitness classes include aerobic exercise, toning floor work, body conditioning and Kettlebell training which can improve the appearance of your physique. For a dance fitness program you can’t beat the Latin-inspired Zumba, which blends red-hot international music, and contagious steps. Nic’s newest class is Bokwa, a cardio workout developed by leading international fitness personality Paul Mavi and it has developed a loyal following across the globe.

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Bokwa is different to other work outs because participants draw letters and numbers with their feet while performing an energizing and addictive cardio workout routine. The great thing about Bokwa is that everyone can do it, from youngsters to those young at heart. It doesn’t matter if you have two left feet or you are an experienced dancer – you can simply feel the

music and freely move with the beat. Nic will also have some new Bokwa moves for everyone to learn towards the end of the month as she will be level two trained. You can now follow Nic’s Energy and Fitness on Facebook too so sign up for the latest news, updates on classes and feedback. For more information call 07917 430946 or email nic.bradbury@ yahoo.com or just turn up to one of the classes and get ready to have fun and exercise.

Christmas Party It is not all work and no play at Nic’s Energy and Fitness. Nic’s classes provide a great atmosphere, are great fun, and you can meet new people and make new friends there too. They go out socially throughout the year, and Nic had a Christmas party for 85 clients at Cadbury House. Pictured: top - Nic’s Fitness Zumba Group. Inset above- Nic

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f you want to get rid of those unwanted pounds for the New Year then Weight Watchers’ Meetings are here to help. Lisa and Kate have more than eight years’ experience of running Weight Watchers’ Meetings in the area between them. Their total weight loss is more than six stone

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re you getting the best out of your current exercise programme or is it time for change?? Fitness expert Deborah Welch has been in the industry for 13 years and she firmly believes that ‘if you train the same, you’ll stay the same’

she has given to her self written nutrition plan) to become fitter, reduce bodyfat and most importantly be healthier. She has proven that what she advises works….top speed and is sustainable for life. She has many testimonials and before and after pictures. Deborah runs BOOTCAMPS, drop a dress/jeans size in 28 days courses, kettlercise, fitness classes and offers small group and personal training.

Deborah said: “Lots of people have the same training programmes for too long! People are working out or going to the gym for months on end doing the same thing weekly and not seeing the results that their time and effort deserves. The answer? Change. All it needs is to do something different, that will challenge your body.

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.

Deborah is a busy working mum to 3 girls who knows that people these days don’t have a lot of spare time so their training programmes have to work!

Semira’s story:

She educates her clients and bootcampers on the most effective ‘Method’ (the name

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“if nothing changes……nothing changes” 28 year old Semira decided to start up with Deborah and she tells the story of her fantastic results after starting the classes to lose weight after having her baby.

and, after a free “taster” kettlercise class, I became hooked. In three weeks I had lost a total of 16 pounds and since then I have dropped another four dress sizes. However I now know after having had it drummed into me from the start that it’s not the number on the scales that count, it’s the inches I’ve lost and the healthy lifestyle I’m adapting too. My advice to anyone who has been thinking about attending one of Deborahs courses is DO IT!

“After having my baby I felt the need for a change. I was overweight before I was pregnant but putting on three stone during my pregnancy and having a pregnancy related illness which had left me on crutches from four months pregnant had left me miserable. I had heard about a bootcamp style workout in the area and decided to find out more. I found Deborah Welch on facebook through a friend who was going to the bootcamps

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Get healthy in 2013

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esidents in North Somerset are being encouraged to walk and cycle as part of their daily routine in a bid to promote healthier living.

The Government’s Department of Health are calling on councils, schools and workplaces to take steps to enable their communities to be more physically active and change behaviour patterns. In order to encourage cycling, North Somerset Council has produced a range of cycle maps and introduced some signed walking routes in towns and villages.

Over the last five years shared walking and cycling routes have been improved and extended from Yatton to Cheddar, Flax Bourton to Long Ashton and a new route is planned from Worle to Clevedon in 2013.

Regular physical activity is crucial to achieving and maintaining a healthy lifestyle and can help to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and type two diabetes by up to 50 per cent.

A ‘borrow a bike’ scheme also gives people the chance to try cycling.

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aking sure you get healthy is a must for the New Year, and one way you can do it is through homeopathy. Homeopathy is a complementary therapy, and registered homeopath Mandy Tucker thinks that people who see a homeopath can do so too late.

College of Homeopathy and has experience in treating many conditions, with special interest in eating disorders, weight gain/loss issues and stress related illnesses such as self harm, IBS and panic attacks. She has consultation rooms in Portbury, Nailsea and at the Oakspring Clinic in Clevedon. Home visits can be arranged, including consultations via telephone or Skype.

Mandy said: “It’s unfortunate that many people who decide to consult a homeopath do so as a last resort and are often heard to say after TRIED EVERYTHING ELSE? treatment ‘I wish TRY HOMEOPATHY I’d come to see you before.” HEALTHCARE-THE HOMEOPATHIC WAY Mandy, a registered homeopath, trained for four years with the Contemporary

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Your Chiropractic/Physio care will include: A one to one case history A Thermal spinal scan (NASA certified, Chiropractic only) & postural analysis Orthopaedic & Neurological testing A full Report of Our Findings An onward referral if necessary Safe treatment of the underlying cause

Chiropractic/Physiotherapy care has not only been shown to be effective for conditions such as Neck and Back pain, but other common ailments such as Headaches amongst many others, that may not be commonly associated with the spine. For more information or to book an appointment…….

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New Year New You

Community News

Reach the fitness levels you desire with Ian

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an Eisentrager, (Eisey) has had a passion for sport and fitness from an early age, and now feels very fortunate to be able to use this love and experience to work within the fitness industry. Ian has a three year sports diploma, a four year degree in exercise physiology , a professional boxing seconds license , and is a UEFA ‘B’ licensed football coach.

Ian has trained British, commonwealth and world champions in sprinting, boxing, kick boxing and karate, and has also worked for the past seven years as a freelance sports and fitness coach for the University of Bristol, working with various sports teams and the High Performance Squad. He works with people of all fitness levels and technical abilities, and is mindful that every individual is just that, so programmes and expectations will be different. “I work hard to maximize the benefits in every session that I take, and no matter what your level of fitness is, it

is my job to encourage you to push and extent yourself. My philosophy is exercise should be fun and varied, otherwise people will quit.” His clients are impressed too. Mark Rolfe said: “After solely training twice a week for 18 months I have lost over three stone in fat. My fitness levels have increased and I am able to do everything in the club that is thrown at me. I have seen a big improvement since this at no extra cost. The other club members have been very supportive, this has also been a big factor in my improvement.” Ian is now responsible for professional golfer Ashley Mansell’s fitness regime.

SESSION TIMES All group training sessions are held at YMCA, Marson Road, Clevedon unless stated.

THURSDAY 5.45-6.45PM - 12-16yrs Youth mixed boxing

MONDAY 7-8.30PM - Fitness and conditioning (you get an hour and a half for the price of an hour)

THURSDAY 7-8PM - Mixed adult conditioning class

WEDNESDAY 6.30-7.30PM - Old School Training (Gordano school, Portishead.) THURSDAY 9.30-10.30AM - Ladies boxing and conditioning THURSDAY 5-5.45PM - 6-11yrs Youth mixed boxing

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FRIDAYS 6.30-7.30PM. Mixed boxing courses held for six weeks at various times throughout the year. (Contact Ian for next course) SATURDAY MORNING BOOTCAMPS. 8.30AM9.30AM. (contact Ian for dates and venue as these vary) All adult sessions are £5, while youth sessions are £3. If you attend two of the midweek classes, you will get your third class FREE! All missed prepaid Bootcamp sessions can be exchanged for midweek classes.

FOR MORE INFORMATION TELEPHONE 07771 880 580

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New Year New You

Mens treatment a must at Natural Beauty By Kevin Emery

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hen I was asked if I would go to The Natural Beauty Salon to experience some mens treatments I was a little sceptical - after all beauty treatment for men? I always made sure that my appearance (well most days anyway) had my hair looking passable and that I didn’t have any horrible spots appearing, but generally that was as far as it went. So going for a pedicure, facial and a massage was a new experience for me. I am aware that more and more men are having beauty treatments these days and, as I like to think of myself as a modern man, off I went. Unsure of what to expect, I made my way to the Natural Beauty salon which is on the 2 floors above Robert John situated in Cabstand, Portishead. As soon as I entered the salon an inviting aroma of essential oils and

soothing music greeted me making me feel relaxed. I was met by senior therapist Kimberley Garlick, who immediately put me at ease. She explained the treatments I was having that day –so off I went for my pedicure. This mini pedicure took in total 40 minutes and the treatment included a foot soak, nail shape, cuticle tidy, hard skin removal and a foot massage. I must say it did take me a while to get used, to but once I had got over the fact that I was sat having my feet pampered I soon relaxed and enjoyed it. The next treatment for me was the back, neck & shoulder massage which lasted 30 minutes. Like most people that sit at a desk for the majority of the day our backs suffer and mine was no exception – I was full of knots and Kimberley told me that I needed to get the tension out of my shoulders. She used mobility oil and the invigorating smell was a calming treat to the senses.

Finally I was ready for my facial. This Guinot Tres Homme prescriptive facial included a cleanse, exfoliation, a relaxing massage and a facemask and is personalised and tailored for the male skin When the mask was removed I could literally feel the freshness in my face and for the first time my skin felt clear and clean. The salon is extremely welcoming with friendly, professional therapists who definitely made me feel at ease throughout all my treatments. I would highly recommend it.

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New Year New You

Spray Tanning - All You Need to Know

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obile spray tanning is an effective and simple solution to getting that healthy winter glow-without having to fork out a fortune for a long-haul flight. For the best possible results, there are some simple steps that you can follow to give you a long-lasting glow that will have everyone fooled.

How Does it Work? The pop-up booth takes a matter of minutes to set-up wherever you wish in your home, and ensures that no mess is made whilst the tan is being applied.

Pre-Tan Preparation Twenty-four hours before, do any shaving and waxing you need, and buff the body with an exfoliator to create a smooth and even surface.

Moisturise all over with an oil- free lotion so as not to create a barrier to the skin, and ensure that all makeup and other cosmetic products are removed.

What Can I Expect? Once you’re ready, your therapist will apply a barrier cream to nails, palms and eyebrows before your tan is applied to minimise the risk of discolouration. You then step into the tanning booth to be spray tanned in a shade best suited to your skin tone. A spray tan takes eight hours to develop its colour fully. How dark your tan gets will depend on your skin type and the tanning solution used.

there are a number of things you can do to help prolong your tan. Keep your skin supple and moisturise regularly, and avoid using any harsh exfoliators, as this will encourage faster fading of your tan. Avoiding excessive showering will also help to prolong your tan, as will avoiding any abrasive fabrics on the skin.

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New Year New You The stronger you are, the better you feel A

relaxed and controlled approach to losing weight sounds like the perfect way to go when it comes to getting fit and healthy.

NutriFit Training do just that and they have launched a series of classes that are designed to cater for everyone regardless of age and abilities and they take a positive attitude so no matter how slow you go, you are still ‘lapping’ everyone on the couch. The company is owned and operated by Gemma Lock, a Level 4 Advanced Personal Trainer and Weight Management Practitioner, specialising in GP Referral, Diabetes and Weight Management. Gemma has gained more than seven years experience within the diet and fitness industry, working closely alongside GPs, physiotherapists and chiropractors, helping groups and individuals achieve their weight loss and fitness goals. There are a number of different classes available including Weight Management, Pilates (including Pre and Post Natal) and Zumba. Gemma also offers one to one Pilates sessions for rehabilitation, postural correction, pre and post natal pregnancy. Their weight loss programme gives you the knowledge and confidence to tackle your body issues and you can learn how to initiate your own personal weight loss programme. NutriFit Training combines a healthy lifestyle with a personal exercise regime that suits your lifestyle. Learn the essentials of good nutrition and how to make the correct choices when shopping for food and eating out. Become more self-aware through our discussion groups. Knowledge is power; the power to take control of your own life. NutriFit Training Pilates classes train you and your body through a series of controlled exercises and in just a few weeks you’ll see and feel a difference as your core muscles begin to strengthen. Pilates trains your muscular system through balance, control, alignment, concentration and an understanding of your body’s skeletal system. Through work on the mat and apparatus training, you could have a new body in weeks. The benefits are huge. Let your lighter, happier and more wholesome life begin with the most comprehensive weight loss programme.

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New Year New You

FREE Relationship Health check

www.clevedoncounselling. co.uk and review your relationship, learn to manage stress, relieve depression, develop more confidence and make this year more fulfilling for you and your family.

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ew Year is a time for blowing away the cobwebs, making a fresh start, an opportunity to make 2013 a different year. So have yourself a FREE Relationship Health check, download from

Contact Paul Welcomme, an experienced Relate Accredited Counsellor, if you need an appointment or further information. This confidential service is available for individuals and couples and offers day time and evening appointments. Call Clevedon Counselling and Coaching on 0774 829 5253 or email info@clevedoncounselling.co.uk

Make your New Year resolutions stick

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ew Year’s resolutions are all well and good but you have to stick to them. Quitting smoking for good, managing your weight with better eating habits and exercising regularly can be tough to stick to. But you can fulfil your New Year’s resolutions and become the person you really want to be with help from Ron van der Holt at the Clevedon Hypnotherapy Centre. Ron has been helping people locally and internationally for six years with hypnotherapy and can help you achieve any personal goal. Ron said: “I’ve helped people overcome phobias, shyness, addictions, anxieties and helped hundreds of people of all ages and walks of life to enhance their self esteem and confidence. I can help you manage stress so it never becomes overwhelming. “I’m also trained and experienced in helping people overcome depression, panic attacks, OCD,

Special Offer

4 treatments for only £40 eating disorders and issues specific to children.” Hypnosis is simply a natural mental state of deep physical relaxation combined with a heightened self awareness. For more information visit www.clevedonhypnotherapy. co.uk.

Choose from: • Manicure • Pedicure • 1/2 Leg Wax • Foot & Leg Massage • Back Massage • Indian Head Massage • Facial • Eyebrow Shape and Tint • Nail Art • Spray Tanning

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New Year New You Make Exercise a E

very month top personal trainer Matt Bembridge AKA Gym Professor provides an exercise of the month for readers to try. This month he tells you get started – and stay motivated. Like most things, exercise is a habit. Therefore, if you’re in the routine of exercising, it’s far easier to keep at it! In my experience, there are a few common pitfalls why many people have difficulty making exercise a regular habit. The overlapping main problem areas are: 1. Poor knowledge. A lack of understanding of how to structure a suitable training regime means not being able to attain objectives and an inevitable lack of motivation over time. 2. Haste. The unsustainable over eager “all or nothing” approach often

Habit for 2013

leads to “nothing”. 3. Unrealistic goals. The realization that you’re not going to achieve unrealistic targets leads to a lack of motivation. 4. Lack of motivation. As well as the problem areas mentioned above contributing to a lack of motivation, failure to enjoy your exercise can leave your exercising feeling like a chore, rather than a hobby. So, how do we address these issues? Keep it simple. Here are my four measures to start the exercise habit (and keep it going!). 1. Seek advice. GymProfessor.com and GP Shuffle (app) offer sensible workout progression plans - use them! 2. Less haste, more speed! Follow a gradual and consistent climb toward your goals. 3. Set an achievable course of action!

Progress is the key, set both shortterm and long-term goals that are achievable. 4. Commit to something. Making a start can be the most difficult thing, so create a reason and a support group for your efforts. This presents a great opportunity to socialize with family and friends whilst achieving your exercise goals at the same time. Make the most of your exercise by visiting Matt’s free online resource www.GymProfessor.com, download his app at www. GymProfessorShuffle.com, and check out his revolutionary new Globe Gripz weight training aid at www.GlobeGripz.co.uk.

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Food & Drink Big plans for Europa in 2013

I Recipe of the month: Rhubarb Bavarian

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ow that Christmas is over we are faced with those dark, horrible January evenings. A perfect antidote to cheer you up is some sweet rhubarb to brighten up a pie or crumble – and your evening too. Rhubarb is a vegetable but its thick, fleshy stalks are treated as a fruit, despite their tart flavour. It grows in two crops, the first of which arrives early in the year and is forced. All rhubarb is too tart to be eaten raw, so should be cooked with plenty of sugar. When buying it, it is best to go for firm, crisp, plump stalks and perky leaves with good colour.

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talian restaurant opened in Nailsea in time for Christmas and New Year to the delight of residents in the town. Run by Pietro and Teresa Tallo who, for the last 22 years have been running Europa Italian Restaurant in Bristol, the restaurant provides an authentic Italian experience for all. Teresa is already looking to expand and open up a Deli Europa in the shop next door. It will be a traditional Neapolitan deli with rustic Italian food and will sell fresh home-made pasta, a wide range of sauces, pesto, home-made sweets, meats, cheese, biscuits and cakes - all freshly made on site. Customers will also be able to get their own bottles and jars refilled with olive oil. For more information visit www.europarestaurant.co.uk and to book a table telephone 01275 858282 or email europa-nailsea@btconnect.com.

Base: 1 cup sifted flour 1/4 tsp. salt 2 Tbsp. sugar 1/2 cup softened butter or margarine Topping: 4 cups diced rhubarb 1/4 cup water 1 1/4 cup sugar 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin 1/3 cup cold water red food coloring (optional) 1/2 pint whipping cream, whipped topping of choice Method: Base: Combine dry ingredients. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse bread crumbs. Spread evenly in bottom of a greased nine inch square pan. Bake at 350 degrees until lightly browned for 10 minutes. Topping: Combine rhubarb, 1/4 cup cold water, sugar and salt; simmer until rhubarb is tender, stirring occaisionally. Soak gelatin in cold water. Add hot rhubarb. Stir until dissolved. Add food colouring, if desired. Chill until partially set, then fold in whipped cream. Turn onto base and chill until firm.

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Wedding Feature

BRAVO - The ‘SECRET’ Singing Waiters E

very wedding needs good music. In fact, it’s a must at the end of the evening

when spirits are at their highest. You could, however, have some music and singing throughout your day thanks to The Singing Waiters. The professional singing team have been performing at weddings and corporate functions for more than two years. The singing waiters can perform during the drink reception, just after the main course, just after the dessert course and even just after the speeches, and the best thing is they are kept a secret from your guests. Just let them know how to surprise your guests and they will do their best to adapt. All of the singing waiters wear the same uniforms as the reception staff then attention is drawn to a young waitress who suddenly bursts into song. She is then joined by fellow waiters until the room is filled with song.

We are happy, with enough notice, to include and perform your ‘favourite song’ in the act. If you have any ‘special’ requirements for your day please drop us a line, we just love to be creative and to make your day unique to you. Guests can get involved with some audience participation too to get everyone on their feet and bring the house down. As well as singing waiters, the group can appear as singing chefs, traffic wardens, security guards, policemen, you just think of it...and they will make it happen.

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Wedding Feature Wedding Feature

A stunning venue for a perfect occasion A stunning venue for a perfect occasion Enjoy famous names at discount prices

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tep inside Ashton Court Mansion and experience the days of splendour tep inside Ashton Court Mansion and and extravagance at one time only experience the days of splendour enjoyed Bristol’s wealthy and by extravagance at oneupper time classes. only The difference now wealthy of course, is that the enjoyed by Bristol’s upper classes. Mansion is an aff ordable banqueting The difference now of course, is that the venue, available all to banqueting use! Mansion is an afffor ordable

venue, available Once home to the famous ‘Smythe’s of for all to use! Bristol, Ashton Court Mansion dominates 860 acres of undulating parkland. Once home Located a short distance from the famous Clifton to the Suspension Bridge, the mansions’ sunny, ‘Smythe’s of south facing banqueting rooms offAshton er farBristol, reaching views towards theCourt city’s vibrant Mansion dominates 860

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Weddings and Celebrations at Ashton Court Mansion Ashton Court Mansion offers the most glorious ‘Quintessentially English’ setting for your special day. ‘Everything was so perfect, the venue was stunning’ ‘Ashton court was a fantastic venue for our wedding, I would recommend it to others’ ‘The music room looked magnificent, and the food was delicious and beautifully presented’ Choose from our superb range of affordable new wedding packages, or alternatively go ‘A La Carte’ and create your own. From as little as £55.00 per guest for 2013 & 2014 weddings Low deposits and easy payment plans available for 2014 & 2015 weddings Visit our ‘Classic Weddings’ open day on Sunday 27th January – we’re waiting to meet you!

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Wedding Feature

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The colours can be reflected throughout the day, for example the bridesmaids dresses, bouquets and flowers, as well as décor details such as ribbons, candles, napkins and favours. Choosing the right location dictates elements of style and sets the tone of the wedding. The bride and groom should choose a theme that fits the venue’s surroundings and style. Of course, not every couple has the time to properly dedicate themselves to planning a wedding, so a good option is a wedding planner. A wedding planner can help a couples with a generous budget but who are unsure as to exactly what they want, or they can simply advise or be there to project manage and coordinate the day. There is one off introductory services or planners who charge an hourly fee. A range of packages are available for those who want to organise elements of the wedding day but can’t do it all. Moreover, there are those who offer a full co-ordination and planning service.

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Home & Garden Carpets – Wool or Manmade? By Andy from Willowbrook Flooring Solutions

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hese days with such a huge choice of carpets available it is helpful to understand that the look and functionality of carpets is based on the fibres they are made of.

WOOL CARPET FIBRES Wool is still recognised as the best fibre for use in carpets. It is used on its own or in blends with nylon or polypropylene to improve its wear properties. Advantages are:• It is naturally flame retardant • Has a low propensity to soil, so retains a good appearance • Very good wear properties • Easy to clean and maintain • Environmentally friendly and sustainable fibre • Warm and soft

POLYPROPYLE CARPET FIBRES Polypropylene is highly stain resistant (very good in children’s rooms) and can be very good value either on its own or in a wool mix. Advantages are:• It is very hard wearing • Easy to clean with good colour fastness. • Excellent stain and soiling resistance including specific anti-stain treatments • Multiple colour choices • It has a lustrous appearance especially the tuft definition in saxony style carpets At Willowbrook flooring, in addition to wood, laminate and luxury vinyl flooring, they have a comprehensive range of carpets and a team of experienced fitters available to install them.

To see our carpet range in either your own home or our showroom at Old Mill Road, ring Andy Sheff now on 01275 390505 or visit www.willowbrookflooring.com.

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Home & Garden

Remember the wildlife this New Year W

hen making your New Year’s resolutions for the garden for 2013 remember the wildlife. That is the message from the Royal Horticultural Society and The Wildlife Trusts.

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Wildlife conservation in gardens is becoming increasingly important as more and more species are becoming endangered. Many gardeners are becoming more interested in the role their gardens have in helping UK wildlife. From budding city gardeners with limited outdoor space, to those with expansive lawns, New Year is a superb time to begin planning how to support wildlife and making green spaces more wildlife-friendly. The charities suggest three ideas to attract wildlife: Setting up birdfeeders, nest boxes, ladybird lodges and feeding hedgehogs will attract wildlife and are superb ways of getting children interested. Roof terraces or balconies having a window-box with flowering

plants such as lavender will attract hoverflies, bees and butterflies. For households with space, building a pond will provide a rich habitat that attracts lots of different insects and animals. Making a pond with different depths will encourage a greater range of insects such as dragonflies and water beetles, as well as toads and frogs. Very shallow sloping edges are important – this is where the largest variety of pond creatures is found. A pond is also the ideal place for birds to bathe.

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Motor

Motorists dubious about driverless cars

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riverless cars are said to be the future when it comes to the motor industry. A project by Google has involved developing technology for driverless cars and the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles issued the first license for a self-driven car in May last year to a Toyota Prius modified with Google’s experimental driverless technology. Google expects that the increased accuracy of its automated driving system could help reduce the number of trafficrelated injuries and deaths, while using energy and space on roadways more efficiently. But such technology could be in vain after a survey by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) suggested that 40 per cent of motorists would never consider using a driverless car, while 65 per cent of people are sceptical as to whether or not driverless technology is actually a good idea at all. Driverless cars rely on radars, GPS and satellites to drive and navigate without the need for a driver to take control and Google’s driverless vehicle has so far driven a total of 300,000 miles without an accident. However, only one third of respondents agreed that this provides a strong argument that the removal of the human

element from driving would benefit road safety. The majority of motorists believe that focus should be redirected from making cars better to making drivers themselves safer. IAM chief executive Simon Best said: “The presence of driverless technology in every car is still many years away. In the meantime, more should be done immediately to improve driver standards and deal with the most common human errors through better training, as well as incentives by the government and insurance companies.”

Simon added: “Of course technology has a huge role to play in road safety, but as long as there are cars on the road people will want to drive them. What we need to aim for is first class drivers operating first class vehicles.”

One aspect of advanced car technology is that vehicles would be unable to exceed the speed limit. Half of respondents think this is an attractive quality in the driverless car, while the remaining 50 per cent consider it strictly a disadvantage.

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BMW M6 Gran Coupe – high performance and luxury

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third body variant of the BMW M6 high-performanc e sports car is set to be presented for the first time as the BMW M6 Gran Coupe joins the existing Coupe and Convertible models in the ever impressive line-up.

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And the elegantly sporty lines of the four-door Coupe are complemented by bespoke features, such as the carbon fibrereinforced plastic (CFRP) roof. The greater interior space of the BMW M6 Gran Coupe allows two rear passengers to enjoy generous levels of on-board comfort, and there is also a third rear seat for use on shorter journeys. The standard equipment fitted on the BMW M6 Gran Coupe includes 20-inch M light-alloy wheels, leather trim, heated driver and front passenger seats, automatically dimming rear-view and exterior mirrors, an alarm system and the BMW Professional radio with hi-fi loudspeakers. Available as an alternative to the standard 2-zone automatic climate control is a 4-zone system with a control panel in the rear

compartment. Among the other highlights of the options list are M multifunction seats, heated rear seats, Comfort Access, a heated steering wheel, the Soft Close Automatic function for the doors, electrically operated sun blinds, the new generation of the Professional navigation system and a Bang & Olufsen High End Surround Sound System.

Customers can also integrate their Apple iPhone or other smartphones into the car and make use of internet-based services while on board.

The BMW M6 Gran Coupe also comes with a variety of BMW ConnectedDrive features, such as an M-specific BMW Head-Up Display, Park Distance Control, rear-view camera, High Beam Assistant, Speed Limit Info, Lane Change Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Surround View and BMW Night Vision with pedestrian recognition.

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Business

McManus Williams Ltd Every month McManus Williams Limited answers some of your business and accountancy related questions.

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Q: Have you any tips that can save me tax? James, Clevedon A: What can be done to save tax will be depend on your individual circumstances and you’ll need a full tax review to identify all opportunities, but here’s a few initial tips to get you thinking. 1. Reward your employees with an annual party or event (note this needn’t be at Christmas). As long as you spend less than £150 per head it’s tax free on the employees. There’s also no reason why this can’t apply to husband and wife companies, you are employees of your company after all. 2. If you are a higher rate tax payer and your spouse helps out in the business consider making them a partner/ shareholder to allocate them some profits at their lower rate of tax. 3. Consider your legal structure. You could be paying thousands more in tax each year operating as a sole trader or partnership rather than as a limited

company. If your annual profits exceed £15k call us and if you are drawing a high salary from your company rather than a smaller salary and dividends then we definitely need to talk. 4. If you are working from home, even partly, ensure you claim full relief on a proportion of your mortgage interest / rent, rates & utilities. 5. Ensure that you have identified obsolete or damaged stock. Legitimate reductions in your closing stock value will reduce your taxable profits. 6. Consider providing your employees with a mobile phone as an extra perk. As long as the company is paying the bill and owns the handset private use is ignored and there is no taxable benefit in kind. 7. If you are a higher rate tax payer ensure you are claiming relief for personal pension contributions, professional subscriptions and gift aid donations.

New easy to use computers at Nortech

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ortech Computers of 10 High Street, Portishead, are going from strength to strength and have recently become the main dealer for Ordissimo Computers, the new easy to use computer that’s taking mainland Europe by storm.

More than 15 million people do not feel at ease with computers, and Ordissimo was created to make computers easy to use, complete, smart and virus-free. Ordissimo attracts beginners of all ages by its simplicity. Nortech Computers are offering the new Ordissimo 15” and 17” laptops, as well as Ordissimo compatible printers, and to make things easier can set up your email, deliver and install it all for you. If computers are too difficult or complicated for you, then pop into Nortech Computers for a demonstration of the New Ordissimo system. Anyone purchasing a new Ordissimo laptop in January Quoting the code ORD0113 will receive a Ordissimo compatible mouse worth £9.99 with their order.

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Sport Tri club hits 100 members mark

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t may sound strange to some, but many people out there enjoy spending their spare time in lycra and neoprene. The Portishead and Clevedon Triathlon (PAC Tri) club has been running for six years and now has more than 100 members. It was started by local Tri athletes and the club holds regular training sessions that are tailored for beginners, improvers and seasoned athletes. David Prout, a member of the club, said: “There is no pressure to compete in triathlons; many members do and some just join the club to train and improve their fitness in a relaxed

friendly supportive atmosphere. The cycle training is split into various distances and speeds depending on the level of the rider and start at 8.30am at the Council offices opposite Clevedon Garages every Saturday, while regular running sessions are held at 7pm Tuesday evenings and 8am on Sunday morning, both from Parish Wharf leisure centre.

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Running interval training with Portishead Running Club starts from outside Portishead Open Air Pool at 6:45pm on Thursday evenings too. Coached swimming training is held at Parish Wharf at 7pm every Wednesday during winter months, moving to the

PAC Tri holds a series of training Tri’s and regular social events for members and their families too, so for more information visit www.pac-tri.com, telephone David on: 07854 792225 or email portisheadclevedontri@gmail.com

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