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April 2024

All Aboar d!

Waverley,the world?s last seagoing paddle steamer, returns to cruise the Bristol Channel this summer

Time Tr avel

Step back in time with Downsy as he shares his favourite era and invites you to share yours!

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200 Years of RNLI Celebrate the RNLI?s bicentenary with a family fun day at the Portishead lifeboat station

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Our regular look at Walkin' The Dog This month takes us from Battery Point along the coastal path to Black Nore Lighthouse

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Posset Bites A feast of culinary delights in Portishead ? this month we take a look at some delicious desserts

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Dates For Your Diary From local amdram and live jazz,an ethics forum and local focus group,find out what?s going on in town this month

When I Gr ow Up Michael Palomares looks back at his days of hairdressing in Portishead and how his music career has taken off

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Luxur y Beach Holidays

Travel expert Ella Price looks at trading your daily routine for a luxurious beach holiday

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Cognitive hypnotherapist and counseller Trina Gazzard talks to Enjoy about overcoming phobias

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Easing The Pain Alan Mcferran from Walnut Grove Clinic looks at how hyaluronic acid injections can help osteoarthritis sufferers

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Business News What the Chancellor?s spring budget means for you and your business

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Useful People To Know Our regular listing of local businesses here to help Whether it?s a leaking tap or a bed for your leeks,a pane that needs cleaning or a cleaning job that?s a pain ? you?ll find someone to help!

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Enjoy Portishead is a monthly magazine produced for you by Tracie Fry and Tracey Fowler two local media professionals with a passion for Portishead Our aim is to always provide a quality magazine with engaging content ? news,views and lifestyle features while also promoting our town?s independent businesses

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Welcome to our April edition of Enjoy Portishead Isn? t it great to see the days getting longer and the sun at last kicking the rain clouds into touch? I hope as you read this the sun is shining down on you!

I hope mums everywhere had a happy Mother?s Day and you?re all enjoying a fabulous Easter break Portishead seems busier than ever this month ? there?s so much going on!

Don? t forget the Easter trail continues for the next couple of weeks yet,so get yourselves out and about in our High Street,exploring those shop windows looking for clues that could win you a prize!

There?s more about that in our dates for your diary section

Thank you so much for all your stories and ideas you have shared with us,as well as upcoming events We?ve tried to use as many as we can but we?ve had so many this month it?s been tough getting everything in

I?m still trying to persuade former Gordano School teacher Roly Kendrick to do an interview with us,bear with me I?ll keep trying and if you see him in town,please give him a gentle nudge and tell him we?d love to see his story in print!

Well I have a magazine to finish writing,so I?ll get back to it I hope you ?enjoy?it (pun intended)

Have a great month and we?ll be back at the beginning of May with our next edition

Tracey x


Town's seasonal show is a roaring success

A sea of scent and colour at the Folk Hall marked another extremely successful Portishead Spring Show on 9th March

The first major event on the town?s gardening calendar saw flowers,preserves, artwork and more fill the hall Gardening enthusiasts, bakers and budding photographers entered their work into more than 80 classes to compete for an array of certificates,cups and trophies

Hundreds of visitors viewed the wide range of exhibits with many enjoying tea,coffee and wonderful cakes as part of the springtime experience

A spokesperson for the show said:?It was a terrific turnout for both entries and visitors and a good time

was had by all We appreciate all who helped make the show what it was and everyone who supported it in any way ?

The Portishead Spring Show is organised by the Portishead and District Horticultural Society,which is now busy preparing for the town?s summer show in July

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Iconic paddle steamer Waverley returns to Portishead this summer

Building on the exceptional success of the 2023 season,Waverley,the world?s last seagoing paddle steamer is returning to cruise the Bristol Channel

Locals and visitors alike will have the opportunity to step aboard for a nostalgic trip on the famous steamship between Friday 31st May and Sunday 23rd June The steamer will offer variety of cruises from Portishead,Clevedon,Weston,Minehead and Ilfracombe

Eastcliff in Portishead

More details and tickets for all sailings can be booked online at waverleyexcursionsco uk or by calling 0141243 2224


- Waverley is a unique vessel ? she is the world?s last seagoing paddle steamer

Presenting the new programme Waverley?s general manager,Paul Semple,said:?I am delighted to announce that Waverley will be returning to the Bristol Channel for a longer period this summer given the level of demand we saw last year,with a more extensive selection of cruises on offer Waverley offers a truly unique experience and I know many will be excited to review our 2024 sailing programme which has just been published ?

To launch her sailings on the Bristol Channel this year several special offers are available for visitors to take advantage of including ?Kids For £1?and the popular ?Seniors Bring a Friend Free?offer on selected cruises; in addition NHSworkers can claim a 15%discount when booking in advance at waverleyexcursionsco uk?

This summer?s programme will offer traditional pleasure cruises from Portishead,Clevedon and Weston to visit Ilfracombe,with passengers having several hours ashore to explore Whilst many of the local cruises depart from Clevedon there are a small number departing from the quayside adjacent to

- Waverley is powered by steam and a lot of passion!

- You will have unrivalled access and views of wonderful coastline

- You will help ensure this magnificent steamship can sail on for many more years to come

- A Waverley cruise is an experience the whole family can enjoy

- You can step back in time and enjoy the traditional dining saloon and period lounges


The paddle steamer,originally built in Glasgow for the London and North Eastern Railway,launched in October 1946 and entered service on 16th June 1947 She has operated in preservation since 1975,carrying more than six million passengers on a variety of day, afternoon,and evening cruises across various UK destinations

Waverley was extensively rebuilt during 2000 and 2003 with the aim of restoring her original 1947 appearance whilst complying with all relevant modern marine safety legislation She operates on a not-for-profit basis,owned by the charity Waverley Steam Navigation Co Ltd

Maintaining a seagoing paddle steamer in full operation is a financial challenge Fares,catering, shop sales income and donations are vital to prevent us losing this proud piece of our maritime, engineering and social heritage

Annually around £600,000 is spent on basic maintenance not including renewal projects Donations large and small are therefore extremely welcome ? just hit the donation button at the top of the home page at www waverleyexcursions co uk


A Tr ip Th r o u g h Time

Who doesn? t love a little escapism? From bloody battles to luxurious palaces,the pages of history are full of intriguing details and fascinating stories Slip into another time with some of our recent favourites We can guarantee adventure,but not that you?ll want to come back!

Essex Do g s - Dan Jo n es

1346 - Th e Hu n d r ed Year s War , Fr an c e

Ten men land in Normandy,a rag-tag group known only as the Essex Dogs Their orders are murky and the rules of war have long since broken down in the fight for Western Europe Deep in enemy territory,the Dogs must fight tooth and nail to survive and to make history Bestselling historian Dan Jones makes his fiction debut with this detailed and pacy adventure,perfect for fans of Conn Iggulden and Wilbur Smith

Diso bed ien t - El izabet h Fr eman t l e

1611- Ren aissan c e Ro me

Italy glitters with wealth,art,music; truly the most magical country in Europe Artemisia Gentileschi paints in secret,watching as men of lesser talent overshadow her despite her skill and passion This is never clearer than when her charming and worldly tutor attacks her and soon Artemesia must make a choice to stay silent,or to shout her story from the rooftops and on her canvas

Based on the incredible true story of one of the rare women of the Rennaissance, Fremantle?s powerful novel ripples with life and feeling

Th e Ot h er Sid e o f Mr s Wo o d - Lu c y Bar k er 1873 - Vic t o r ian Lo n d o n

Mrs Wood is London?s most celebrated medium,connecting high society with the other side in her elaborate and glamorous séances But London is full of dazzling rivals and she takes on an apprentice to spice up her show Young and talented, Emmie is everything Mrs Wood used to be and perhaps more

Full of tension and thrilling intrigue,Barker?s exploration of the dark and glamorous world of the Victorian occult is a delicious historical fiction

In Memo r iam - Al ic e Win n

1914 - En g l an d

The First World War feels very distant to Gaunt and Ellwood,in their prestigious public boarding school Their lives are golden and glorious,despite the devastating love for each other they both assume is unrequited But Gaunt is soon swept away,to trenches and mud and horrors he can never express Haunted by his letters,Ellwood soon follows and as their generation is thrown into darkness the young men must struggle to hold onto their souls amid the guns

In Memoriam is epic in scope and haunting in tenderness,but never loses the thread of warmth and humour that will hold your heart long after you close the page

Pop into Max Minerva?s on Portishead High Street and discover your next favourite read! www maxminervasco uk

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Stepping in to the TARDISwith local radio,TV and Enjoy podcast presenter Ian Downsy Downs

As a child I was a huge Dr Who fan,which I guess is where my obsession with time travel began

I would marvel at the sight of the TARDIS,make my own sonic screwdrivers and hide behind the sofa with the rest of the nation during the scary bits,marvel at the trip hazard that was Tom Baker?s scarf and not even think about how flammable the companions 80?s hair dos were The thing that really reeled me in though wasn? t the awful special effects or the robot dog,it was being able to relive history Okay,they could go forward too,but this interested me less I guess my fascination with time travel is really my interest in history via another portal

on the high street used to sell, or wave off the joy seekers on the paddle steamers from Portishead pier on their jollies

To be able to meet some of the residents of those amazing Victorian villas,see the lake in the Lake Grounds being dugout or mingle with members of ?Dad?s Army?

manning the gun posts on Battery Point

I simply can? t imagine what a Portishead without Wyndham or Avon Ways would look like,and don? t get me started on the railway! To have been behind a locomotive chuffing up steam clouds whilst pulling into the station where Waitrose is now would be the icing on the cake for my trip in the TARDIS

Through the years the Doctor visited Pompeii before the eruption,got up close and personal with Queen Victoria,met the passengers on the Titanic and was responsible for the disappearance of Agatha Christie! This made me insanely jealous as I?d loved to have seen all these things and met these people

It got me to thinking,if I could step into a time machine,where would I go? Who would I want to meet? What would I want to see? You might prefer to travel forward in time and see what future you was up to,how successful your children are,or what the lottery numbers are coming up next week so you can pay off the mortgage and retire?!

For me though I?d love to wander along the Esplanade here in Portishead amongst the Victorian gents with their top hats and starched collars and the ladies with the crinoline skirts and parasols I?d delight in being able to see what all the shop fronts

Equally though,to some will be what future Portishead might be like Will the High Street be back-to-back coffee shops? Will they have finally repaired the pavement at the bottom of the marina that constantly floods? Will there actually be trains running on the track?

Whatever your choice of travel direction,there is no doubt that Portishead was,is now and certainly will be,a fascinating place to visit

Where would you go in your time machine? Let me know on socials,I?m @downsyofficial

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A day of family fun will celebrate 200 years of saving lives

On Monday 4th March 2024 the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) celebrated 200 years of saving lives at sea Since the charity was founded in 1824,its volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved an incredible 146,277 lives

Lifeboat crews and lifeguards are known for their courage,but none of their incredible rescues would be possible without the kindness shown by the public as since 1824,the kit,training,lifeboats and fuel they?ve needed to save lives has been funded by donations

The Portishead Lifeboat Trust operated a rescue service for around 20 years before being adopted in to the RNLI in 2015 and with it came a new lifeboat station, more training and better facilities for the local volunteers who operate this vital service

Serving communities along the coast in the Bristol Channel,Portishead is the 238th lifeboat station,the most recent within the RNLI

As part of its celebrations to mark the organisation?s bicentenary,RNLI Portishead invites you to join them for an open day on Sunday 28th April at the lifeboat station on Pier Road

The fun starts at 10am with an opportunity to chat with the volunteers and meet other search and rescue agencies There will be a rescue display and a rare chance to get on My Lady Anne,the Atlantic 85 class lifeboat Refreshments will be available and there will be fun activities for the children,including the very popular Beach Buddies puppet shows The day will round off around 3pm with the organisation?s very own shanty band,the amazing The 85ers,who sang for the King and Queen at the Coronation last year

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Here?s a chance to win a £10 gift voucher to spend in a shop of your choice

Would you like to win a £10 gift voucher to spend in our High Street?

Just answer these High Street related questions below and email your answers to editor enjoyportishead@gmailcom

All correct answers received by 1st May 2024 will be entered in to a free draw and one lucky person will win the £10 voucher.

1 Outside which business will you find the words ?Postal Telegraph Office??

2 Which business occupies Oxford House?

3 What was the name of the wonderful café,bread and cake shop located within the building that SoleLution shoe shop now occupies?

4.Where in the High Street is home to Portishead Town Council?

5 Which High Street venue hosts Speakeasy Jazz Club?

6.How many zebra crossings are there in Portishead High Street?

Don? t forget,just email your answers to editor enjoyportishead@gmailcom and you could win a £10 gift voucher



Bowls is not a game just for the retired says women?s team member Hannah Douglas

At the age of 39 Hannah Douglas has been playing bowls for around three years and she?s on a mission to quash the myth that bowls is a hobby for old people!

Hannah talked to Enjoy editor Tracey Fowler about the enjoyment the game brings her and how this hobby has resulted in her making some lifelong friends

What m ade you take up bowls?

I started playing after Covid and the dreaded lockdowns I have cystic fibrosis (CF),a condition that causes a build-up of mucus in the lungs,digestive system and other organs,causing a wide range of challenging symptoms that affect the entire body After long periods of isolation and sometimes hospitalisation,I was desperate to get back out in the fresh air with other people Ideally I wanted a hobby that will keep me active,but my condition restricts what exercise or sport I can take part in Bowls is a team sport but the exercise involves walking on the flat,bending and rolling a ball with precision,which is something that practice allows you to improve I can manage that! So bowls seemed the ideal sport for me ? it was gentle exercise and it involved meeting people I can also play while wearing my oxygen

How did you becom e a m em ber of the bowls club?

I knew someone who played bowls at the green at Portishead Lake Grounds and chatted to them about it I discovered that there are four clubs that share the two Portishead greens and Monday night was club night for the RBLWomen?s team That suited me so I rocked up one Monday night on my own and was made so welcome I joined straight away and gave it a go!

Were you any good?

Well I wasn? t that bad actually On Monday club nights we meet up and before heading to the bar to socialise,we roll up for an hour during which time coaching is available for those who want it I took advantage of the coaching and have learned how to improve my game I play in league matches these days and love it!

What about the social side of things?

This is as important to me as the sport itself It was never just about playing bowls I have made some lifelong friends,enjoy regular socialising at the bar and watching games on sunny summer evenings Bowls is often thought of as a gam e for old people, why do you think that is?

It may well be because many clubs have games during the day Monday to Friday,which suits retired people Whilst there are games during the day at our club,there are also evening matches and friendly games at weekends so it?s definitely not just for people who don? t work during the day

Our club has ladies of all ages and from all walks of life One of our members works in the pharmacy of a big hospital but she still manages to play some of the daytime matches scheduled on weekdays but if she can? t make it she?ll play in the evening or weekend matches instead You can play as little or as much as you like really

How can people join or find out m ore?

The club always welcomes new bowlers - anyone can pop in on a club night or to find out more email Kate Strong at katestrong1950@gm ail com

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From marathons to jogging along the seafront ? running continues to be a popular hobby

Running and jogging are popular pastimes for many - they offer both physical and mental wellbeing benefits,in addition neither cost a lot to do and you can do them at any time to suit you

While some people prefer to run alone or with a friend,others choose to join running clubs or train for and participate in fun runs,athletics races or marathons

April sees the start of the marathon season in the UK

The TCSLondon Marathon,this year taking place on 21st April,is one of the most popular marathons on the planet and more than one million people have completed the event since it began in 1981Places are awarded by ballot,with thousands applying to participate each year and a draw taking place to decide who actually gets a place on the start line

Every year a number of enthusiasts from Portishead take part,but there are also plenty of marathons and shorter runs that take place closer to home that are enjoyed by many a local runner

One way to develop your running is to join a club Portishead Running Club is based at the hut opposite Portishead Open Air Pool at the Lake Grounds and provides opportunities for runners of all abilities to enjoy and develop their

running in an environment that is friendly,sociable and mutually supportive

The club offers a variety of group runs each week All the sessions are hosted by the club?s own App and led by dedicated run leaders.

If you?re thinking of taking up running and would like to join the Portishead Running Club you can find out more at www portisheadrunningclub com

If you are serious about your running and you want to invest in some kit,look no further than The Sports Shop in Portishead High Street Here you will find everything you need for running from a wide variety of shoes including specialist running brands such as Saucony,Mizunu and 361,to the Ronhill range of quality clothing that is long lasting and designed especially for sport participants The men and women?s running t-shirts are all made with carefully selected

performance fabrics in a range of lengths,thickness,designs that are lightweight and breathable, many with reflective detailing Call in to view the different products and ranges available and talk to Mark and his team,they really know their stuff when it comes to sportswear,equipment and accessories

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Enjoy reader Oli Thompson shares his favourite Portishead dog walk

I?ve been trying out all the dogs walks shared on the pages of Enjoy over the past year and feel that most of the walks I know in our town have now been covered, however,while parts of this walk I?m sharing have been covered in some of the walks printed,I don? t think one has specifically been lighthouse to lighthouse

My family like to walk the dog together in fine weather and we like to start at Battery Point where there are lovely views and an information board giving us a bit of history Parking at the Lake Grounds right on the seafront is free (at the moment) and easy

rocks and generally relaxing and having fun

We keep our dog Missi on a lead here ? there are signs telling you to do this,plus there are strong currents in the Channel and we don? t want the dog running in to the water and getting in to trouble We head off from Battery Point along the pebble beach and half way along walk up the slope provided to join the Esplanade, under our watchful eye the children will sometimes stick to the beach a little longer It?s important to heed the signs here telling you to keep away from the mud as it can be quite dangerous,it?s easy to sink in it and get stuck.At the end of

Esplanade we walk a few metres up the hill of Beach Road West and turn right in to Kilkenny Field, passing the parked cars until we are far enough away from the road to let the dog off the lead It?s here we throw a ball and our two children,aged five and seven,can have a good run around with the dog

Moving on,we walk along the field with the Bristol Channel to our right,until we locate the cliff path where,just to be safe,we pop the lead back on to Missi We follow this route and it takes us to Sugar Loaf Beach where Black Nore Lighthouse proudly sits,just along from Portishead Yacht and Sailing Club Here we remove the lead again and while away the time taking in the views,playing on the

If you have a favorite dog walk you would like to share

We head back to the car taking the same route and depending on the time of year and time of day,we might stop off at the dog friendly Windmill Inn which is now on our right as we walk back towards Kilkenny Field,or we might finish off with a hot chocolate at the Lido Café adjacent to the open air pool back alongside Battery Point, while thinking how lucky we are to live in Portishead!

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Now offering unique day care for dogs

Doggy day care has become increasingly popular among pet owners in recent years and for good reason This unique service offers numerous benefits for both dogs and their owners Whether you have a busy schedule, need to provide socialisation opportunities for your furry friend,or simply want to ensure they receive the attention and care they deserve,day care for your dog can be a great option

Bex said:?At The Country Canine we believe every dog should feel happy and content Interacting in the company of other dogs is paramount to their happiness and fulfilment and that?s where The Country Canine comes in Dogs can run and play off lead in our 19000 sq foot secure outdoor play area filled with toys and agility equipment We also have three connecting ?home from home?living rooms,complete with sofas for the dogs and separate areas for rest and sleep

Bex Letts has spent months developing an amazing day care centre for dogs,alongside her dog grooming facility set in the grounds of the family farm in Clapton in Gordano where she lives

Our careful and thorough assessment of each dog enables us to ensure each dog enjoys its time with us and is settled and content "

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With new government funding for childcare being introduced this year,Natalie Collins,manager at The Nursery in Portishead,explains the importance of looking ahead to secure your child?s nursery place

Are you awaiting the arrival of your little one,or maybe they have arrived and are just a few weeks old? You can? t even think about your return to work just yet? but if you are seeking the very best in childcare,it?s imperative you plan ahead

In September the government is introducing childcare funding for babies from nine months old.At The Nursery we are preparing for this and expect to fill the spaces allocated for the funded sessions way before 1st September rolls around

and talk to our team We don? t make any secret of the fact we always strive to go above and beyond and we?d love you to see this for yourself

If you would like to find out more about The Nursery before paying us a visit,please do go to our website www.thenursery.uk.com and watch our video on the home page,this gives you a great insight to our ethos and values

We invite parents interested in taking advantage of the new government funding to come in and take a look around our outstanding setting,see it in action

Please register your interest now if you want to make the most of the government funded sessions for your child Email manager@thenursery ukcom

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Social get together for parents of babies up to nine months

Sometimes it?s nice to relax in the company of other pregnant mums and the parents of young babies and enjoy a sit down with a cup of tea or coffee while someone else holds or plays with your child It can also be reassuring to be in the company of childcare professionals and experienced parents who are happy to discuss any concerns or questions you may have,offer advice and just generally provide a little moral support

qualified team members are also parents of young children and so we assure you,you will be in good company

It?s important to us at The Nursery to be engaged with our community and sharing our knowledge and skills with new parents is our pleasure We offer free refreshments and sensory play for the little ones,all in a friendly informal environment

Why not come along and meet us,who knows you might make some good friends too!

At The Nursery our Monday morning free baby groups operate for exactly those reasons There is no obligation whatsoever to sign up to our nursery or to attend every session Many of our experienced and

As spaces are limited please book your place at one or more of our sessions by calling 01275 402140 or emailing manager@thenursery ukcom

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Growing up listening to early rock and blues Mike Palomares dreamed of getting into the music business He started playing guitar at the age of 14 and joined a band at 15 By the age of 17 despite his love of music and art,he knew choosing a profession in a respected field was the more stable option

Yearning to at least do something artistic and creative,Mike decided to follow in his mother?s footsteps and chose a career in hairdressing His skills combined with an entrepreneurial streak saw him finishing an apprenticeship in Portishead while travelling to London on many training courses at Vidal Sassoon and Toni & Guy,before opening his own salons


As a teenager Mike Palomares?ambition was to one day reach people with his music on a professional level,now half a century later his music career has never been stronger

Some years later Mike?s wife Lyn,who was in the pub industry,had the opportunity to take on the White Hart pub in Weston in Gordano,which she ran for five years and gave Mike the opportunity to get involved in live music at the pub

Mike and Lyn eventually ?retired?from the White Hart in 2013,shortly after the birth of the first of their six grandchildren,but a quiet life wasn? t on the cards for Mike as his music career shifted up a gear! He talked to Enjoy about his journey

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Mike Palomares reflects on his career journey

Even though m usic was in your veins do you think you m ade the right choice to go in to hairdressing?

Yes I do Not only did it serve me well,it was also beneficial to my daughters

After managing and teaching at a salon in Bristol,at the age of 25 I decided to open my first salon in Westbury-on-Trym which I ran for five years I then returned to Portishead to open Palomares Hair Design at 8 The Triangle,West Hill,which I ran for around 25 years My daughters Jade and Rhea also trained and worked there I loved running the salon and being in the heart of the community while using my creativity to make people look and feel good I?m also proud to see how well my girls have done in the industry,carving out careers they have maintained after having children of their own

Did you ever not do your m usic?

Yes I gave it all up for a good number of years as my career took over and that and raising a family took precedence I continued to listen to music of course and never lost interest

How did you satisfy your desire to play and share m usic?

I?ve always loved the blues and got into gospel music,becoming a church worship leader for several years Whilst running the Portishead salon I rekindled a friendship with drummer/vocalist Steve Sayers and we formed a rhythm and blues band - One Night Stand One Night Stand and gigged in local venues as a hobby

Why did you decide to close the salon?

The girls had partners and were looking at taking time off to start families and I realised this would be a good time to ease into retirement It also gave me an opportunity to get involved in live music at the local pub my wife was running

How did you progress with your m usic?

We introduced a live music scene at the White Hart and organised charity music festivals where One

Night Stand often played I started up an acoustic night too,welcoming all players to come along and jam together which really took off Many new bands got going as a result of this It was here I met Richard Sidwick and our musical friendship began We formed a duo - Slick & Rich - which took us out playing all types of venues,pubs,weddings,festivals etc.

Where are you now when it com es to your m usic?

Oh blimey ? that?s a whole new story!

You can find out more about Mike and his music overleaf

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Mike Palomares and Rich Sidwick are Born and Brewed

Local musicians and best of friends,Mike

Palomares and Rich Sidwick have been playing music together for more than 15 years, but it wasn? t until Covid 19 hit that they turned their attention to collectively writing songs 2019 saw the passing of Rich?s biggest supporter, his father and Rich used his music as a way of expressing his feelings,writing the duo?s first song Poppa Moon This was the beginning of Born and Brewed Their music reflects everything from Rich?s challenges with mental health and addiction to the joy of his marriage to Becky and the birth of their son Jaques and Mike?s pain at suffering the loss of both of his parents and the anguish of his daughter Jade becoming seriously ill with Covid,the premature birth of her daughter and the joy of their return to health Mike and Rich hope through their music they can help and inspire others to heal

Mike (Slick) Palomares and Rich (Beardymud) Sidwick formed Born and Brewed in Portishead in 2019, creating an infusion of Americana/ bluegrass/ country blues with a gritty edge Previously playing together for 15 years under the guise of Slick and Rich,the duo?s strong links to the South West?s music scene have helped define their sound,influenced by Dark Country artists Johnny Cash,The Deep South and Blues artists Muddy Waters,Chris Rea and Larkin Poe

Mike provides an atmospheric backdrop with his blues guitar,whilst Rich overlays his raspy vocals to provide the smoky quality in their music

In 2022 one of the duo?s songs - Whiskey in the Water ? was nominated for best classic and blues song in the Radio Wigwam International Music Awards The

song,which tells about the struggles of addiction,was shortlisted out of 4,500 songs in the classic rock and blues category and early in 2023 Mike and Rich found themselves sitting at the prestigious awards ceremony in London where they were named winners in their category

Mike said:?We were amazed! We didn? t expect to win; to be honest we were just really chuffed to get nominated We were blown away when Whiskey in the Water was announced as the winner "

Rich,a mature student currently doing a degree in music production,said:?It?s still early days but we are amazed at the response we are getting to our music ?

On 29th February 2024 Born and Brewed released their single ? Broken - which is attracting attention from fans around the globe

The duo is currently spending time in the studio writing,filming and recording songs for their album ? Born & Brewed Established

You can watch and listen to the music of Born and Brewed on Spotify and YouTube The pair will also be touring later this year,so keep an eye on their socials for updates or visit www bornandbrewedm usic uk



This spring and for a limited time only,The Big Kitchen at 100 High Street,has introduced some exciting new flavours to its bubble tea range Bubble tea continues to grow in popularity as the wide variety of infused fruity and milky teas,which come with choice of chewy tapioca pearls,fruit jelly or yummy popping fruit bubbles,known as Boba, take taste buds on a sensational journey Then just as you thin k it couldn? t get any better,you?re faced with a choice of toppings like whipped cream or sprinkles

Check out the new bubble tea flavours this season at The Big Kitchen

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Posset Bit es Delicious Desserts

Following it's recent refurbishment The Windmill Inn opens its doors to welcome us back this month, boasting not only an updated interior but a new kitchen to boot! The new menu is yet to be revealed, but we can share a sneak peek at one of the delicious desserts on offer,this seasonal British

La Marina

The name Tiramisuis comes from the Italian tirami su ('pick me up' or 'cheer me up') and with its layers of sponge fingers,cream,coffee and chocolate its understandable that this dessert has been around for over half a century If your looking for local authentic Italian cuisine with a selection of great desserts look no further

classic,the humble crumble Filled with stewed fruits and topped with delicious crumble all served with custard,cream or ice cream,comfort food at its best If you're looking for traditional food served with an amazing view over the estuary you might want to book ahead www thewindm illinn org

The Albion

It's a tough choice between the sticky toffee pudding,the cheesecake and one other and it's their Eton Mess,with two scoops of clotted cream ice cream,frozen strawberry yogurt,and crushed meringue,berries and cream that is our pick for April A perfect summer pudding

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There are prizes to be won in the Portishead Easter trail,which continues throughout the first two weeks of April,giving everyone a chance to explore our town centre while searching for clues to be in with a chance of winning prizes!

10 Easter related posters will appear in shop windows in businesses in the town?s High Street, Stoke Road and Combe Road Participants need to find the posters and write the word displayed on each poster on to an entry form The clues then need to be put together to form a sentence and all correct entries will be entered in to prize draw

The Easter trail is organised by Tanya Marriott from SoleLution shoe shop at 62 High Street and supported by Reeds Rains estate agent and www VisitPortishead net

Entry forms are available from the shoe shop for a £1fee,which will go to support vulnerable children in Africa.

Tanya is a keen supporter of the Jolaurabi School in Kenya and has been visiting the school annually with a group of local volunteers for several years, taking and fitting donated pre-worn shoes to hundreds of children She recently returned from this year?s trip

Tanya said:?The aim of the Easter trail is to get people out and about in our town centre exploring local businesses,enjoying hours of family fun,while also supporting those less fortunate than ourselves?

The Easter Trail completed entry forms need to be returned to Solelution by midday on April 15 All correct entries will then be put in to a draw with numerous prizes being up for grabs Winners will be notified and will be asked to collect their prizes from the shoe shop


Eventsand activitieshappening inour town




This is a drop-in coffee morning, run by stroke survivors for stroke survivors (and their carers) on the first Friday of each month at Clarence House in Portishead High Street 10 30am-noon You are assured a warm welcome,a friendly face and answers to some, if not all,of your questions Just turn up,or for more information call Matt on 07950 420833 or Lori on 01275 818492

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That lazy Sunday afternoon feeling returns to the Black Horse in Clapton in Gordano with a programme of live music Piano Man is first up this month - a singer and piano player who uses a mix of Roland electric piano,foot drum and harmonica to deliver a fun and entertaining mix of foot tapping popular covers

The music starts at 230pm


9th April


A local bereavement support group meets at St Nicholas Church on Nore Road 230-4pm This is just a safe space to talk,to just be,a space to remember your loved one,whilst sharing a cup of tea and maybe a craft activity with a number of other people who have lost someone close Just turn up,you will be very welcome

10th April


Local musician Philip Baldwin will present a programme of Music for Spring at the Wednesday Focus group meeting at Redcliffe Bay Methodist Church in Queens Road on 10th April,starting at 230pm Refreshments will be available and everyone is welcome The group?s AGM previously scheduled for this date has now been postponed until later in the year

14th April


Pop/rock at its best,this dynamic duo will present popular covers through the decades at the Black Horse in Clapton in Gordano from 230pm

17th April


Portishead Probus Club (formerly Probus 73) will next meet at Clarence House in Portishead High Street on Wednesday 17th April Doors open at noon for socialising in the bar before a two course lunch at 1pm After lunch,former BBC cameraman Geoff Vian will provide a glimpse into the fascinating life he has led behind a TV camera filming a wide variety of programmes including many important cricket matches around the world To find out more about Portishead Probus Club please contact Brian Lazenby on on 01275 464104,or visit the group?s new website ? search Portishead Probus Club

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This month sees Esther Bennett perform with The Craig Milverton Trio at Portishead?s Speakeasy at Clarence House in the town?s High Street

Esther is one of the jazz scene?s most highly respected and widely loved vocalists with a smokey appealing vocal delivery Her sensitivity alongside her sparkling sense of humour and totally individual song delivery leaves audiences utterly compelled She has originality and flair which stems from her earlier years as a saxophonist

Esther performs extensively on the London jazz scene in all the major venues and is a regular at The 606,Spice of Life,Pizza Express,Toulouse Lautrec and Ronnie Scott?s She is also in demand throughout Europe and is a regular at major festivals both in the UKand worldwide!

Don? t miss this opportunity to see her for a rare appearance in the West Country where she will perform highly individual interpretations of mainstream Latin Bossa with a sprinkle of her own material

Doors open at 7pm for the show at 8pm Admission is £20 and no membership is required For advanced ticket sales phone Kate Sheridan 01275 848391or email

katespeakeasy@hotmailco uk

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20th April


Station 2 Station provide live music at the Phoenix Bar from 8pm as part of the bar?s St George?s Day celebrations The vocal and guitar duo presents covers from the 60s through to the present day delivered with energy and passion Everyone is welcome

21st April


Live music on a Sunday afternoon ? what could be better? You?ll find this at the Black Horse in Clapton in Gordano with Mike Bees from 230pm

25th - 27th April


Local theatre returns with Portishead Players?new World War II drama,A Country House At War.Written by Colin Astley,writer of The Spitfire Girls it features Meadfoot,a large country house in Buckinghamshire, which is taken over by the government at the start of the war, used firstly as a hospital and then by the secret intelligence services

This drama,containing both sadness and humour,covers the whole of the war from August 1939 to August 1945 through the life of the house and its household

Performances at Somerset Hall in Portishead High Street,start at 730pm with an additional matinee show on Saturday at 2pm

The box office is now open for tickets priced £12 for adults and £8 for under 18s Telephone 0333 666 3366 or book online via www ticketsource co uk/portisheadplayers (a small charge is made for online and telephone bookings) Tickets are also available from Nortech at 10 High Street during its hours of business

To keep up with the latest news follow Portishead Players on Facebook,Instagram or visit www portishead-playersorg uk

CONTACT US- If you have an event you would like to see promoted in our Dates For Your Diary pages please email the details to: editor enjoyportishead@gmail com



Bringing permanent make- up to the heart of Portishead

A nature-loving Portishead mum,who has been in the beauty industry for more than 16 years and has managed some of the top local salons,launched her own beauty business four years ago

Kendra has always strived to be the very best she can be in her industry,but adding cosmetic tattooing,widely known as permanent make-up,to her treatment menu was always her ultimate goal and this year she has achieved exactly that

Kendra said:?I?m super excited to now be offering a permanent make-up service Cosmetic tattooing has revolutionised the beauty industry,offering lasting enhancements with results that can transform facial features giving huge confidence boosts! I take my business extremely seriously and have trained with some of the best to ensure I offer nothing but the very best

?There are lots of reasons people choose permanent make-up,if you?ve over-plucked and desire a fuller brow without the daily pencilling then this treatment

is for you,or if you feel your lip colour blends in with your skin tone and you?d like them to look healthily flushed then lip blush is perfect for this All clients are given a thorough consultation and patch test ahead of any procedure as client safety and satisfaction are my priority ?

After completing extensive training Beauty Wise by Kendra is now taking appointments for both lip blush and pixel brows

To find out more about permanent make-up and how you can benefit from it contact Kendra today via email or social media pages

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Spring specials from Tonic Hair and Beauty House

This month Tonic Hair & Beauty is pleased to be introducing brand new treatments ideal for this time of year

Tonic Signature Treatm ents

Signature face and body is a wellness treatment combining our Signature facial with a deeply relaxing back,neck and shoulder massage,leaving you feeling rejuvenated

The Tonic Signature facial is a perfect introduction to DIBI facials After a consultation your Tonic therapist will personalise this treatment to suit your specific skin requirements It deeply cleanses and exfoliates to reactivate the skin structure,followed by serums and a mask,leaving skin that feels smooth and renewed deep down This treatment concludes with a relaxing

neck and shoulder massage to relieve tension

The Tonic advanced facial provides the ultimate personalised anti-ageing treatment,combining the award winning CACI micro-current system and KRFradio frequency to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles Call us to find out more

Kerastase Prem ier Treatm ent

Have the winter months left your hair in need of some TLC? If so Premier,by luxury brand Kerastase,an in-salon treatment with a homecare range to help restore hair?s original strength leaving it feeling nourished and looking shiny could be just what you need

Pop in to talk to Tonic?s Kerestase specialist to find out exactly what this treatment can do for your hair

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Lime Tree Dental Practice introduces a special offer

Are you one of the millions of adults who are unhappy,self-conscious or even embarrassed about their smile and feel in need of teeth straightening? Many adults spend their entire lives covering their mouths when they laugh,smile or talk They feel stuck because they do not want to wear metal braces for years or they are concerned that other corrective teeth straightening procedures could be too invasive or too expensive.At Lime Tree Dental Practice in Portishead we offer ClearCorrect®- a clear aligner therapy

ClearCorrect is the clear and simple alternative to braces It is a series of clear,custom-made, removable aligners that gradually straighten your teeth as you wear them Each aligner moves your teeth a little.

They're practically invisible,so most people won't even know you're in treatment They fit you closely,so they're more comfortable than regular braces They're removable,so you can eat whatever you like and clean your teeth normally

Clear aligners gradually improve appearance and function by applying gentle,consistent pressure to a patient's teeth Clear aligners are popular because they can do a lot of the things traditional orthodontics can do,yet more discreetly and conveniently All patients just need a dental examination and x-ray,to ensure their mouth is healthy before treatment

We have a youtube video showing me (dentist & practice owner) and Emily,one of our dental nurses, talking about her ClearCorrect aligner treatment You will see how we use 3D scans before treatment,how we plan the treatment and review the end result Scan the QRcode,to watch the overview video of Emily?s treatment

Call us to book a FREEconsultation with me,this can be an online video chat from the comfort of your own home if you prefer There is absolutely no obligation,it?s just a friendly chat to see how we can transform your smile

SPECIALOFFER? up to £655 OFF* for new patients agreeing to ClearCorrect treatment in April and May 2024 We will give you a voucher for up to £205 OFF the combination of New Patient Examination,x-ray, 3D Scan and ClearCorrect aligners PLUSFREE

Tooth-Whitening (normally worth £450) *T&C?s Apply

Ask us for more information about ClearCorrect and what it can do for you Call us to book an appointment on 01275 840234



Phobias,irrational and persistent fears,can significantly disrupt daily life affecting everything from personal relationships to career prospects

Whether it's a fear of spiders,heights,or public speaking,phobias can trigger intense anxiety,panic attacks and avoidance behaviours However, hypnotherapy offers a promising avenue for overcoming these debilitating fears

Through hypnotherapy,clients can access their subconscious mind to uncover the root causes of their phobias By identifying and addressing underlying traumas or negative beliefs, hypnotherapy empowers individuals to reframe their perspectives and responses to feared stimuli

This process often involves relaxation techniques and guided imagery to promote change and receptiveness to positive suggestions

Unlike traditional therapies,that may take months or even years to yield results,hypnotherapy can often produce significant improvements in just a

few sessions Clients can experience profound shifts in their perceptions and behaviours,enabling them to confront their phobias with newfound confidence and resilience

Moreover,hypnotherapy offers a non-invasive and drug-free approach,making it suitable for individuals of all ages and backgrounds

With the guidance of a skilled hypnotherapist, clients can embark on a journey of self-discovery and transformation,reclaiming control over their lives and embracing a future free from fear

If you are looking for help and support to overcome fears please get in touch to see how I can help

Mobile: 07872 925289

Tel: 01275 316655 Em ail: trina gazzard@sky com www trinagazzard co uk

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Another real-life weight loss story

As a 22-year-old, Bethany Barrett wasn? t sure Slimming World was for her Then her GP offered her membership on referral and she discovered that the organisation?s weight loss support is for everyone

"As I watched my two younger sisters smiling for the wedding photographer in their fitted dresses,I wished I felt as confident My size-22 jumpsuit only just fitted and felt like it was going to tear open any moment

greeted with warm smiles I was amazed to find I could eat carbs like pasta and rice without even weighing them!

Going to group became something I looked forward to The members were a real mix of ages , we were all there for the same reason and some of the older people at group became my biggest cheerleaders As my weight fell off my self-esteem grew and I felt ready to get started with Body Magic,Slimming World?s physical activity programme

After that wedding ? and feeling fed up with missing out on all the fun life had to offer ? I decided to make a change and went to see my doctor who referred me to Slimming World

I was anxious everyone would judge me for being so big at my age,but as I walked in to the group I was

Thanks to Slimming World I?ve now lost more than 7st, and I no longer feel like I?m trapped inside a body that makes me miserable I?m living my life the way I always wanted to ? feeling good inside and out!"

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Figures suggest around 10%of adults in the UKhave been diagnosed with osteoarthritis (OA),but I suspect this is just the tip of the iceberg and there are many,many,more undiagnosed cases Osteoarthritis is not an inevitable ageing disease; some people never develop it

The condition can affect any joint, but typically affects our hands, big toes,knees,hips,lower back and neck.Its signs and symptoms typically show up more often in individuals over the age of 50,but OA can affect much younger people too,especially those who have had a prior joint injury,such as a torn ligament in the knee or previous surgery that involved the meniscus or cartilage It typically develops slowly over time,but after such an injury,it can develop much more rapidly, within just a few years

Anyone can get OA but factors that may contribute to the development of the condition

include age,excess weight, musculoskeletal abnormalities, previous injuries,weak muscles and genetics

There is no cure for OA,but there are many ways to manage it to minimise pain,continue physical activities,maintain a good quality of life and remain mobile

Importantly there is no evidence to suggest that running or other exercise accelerates OA,in fact the opposite - the more you do the more the tissues are stimulated to repair ? think of it as wear and repair

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a substance that exists in the human body It is a humectant, which means it traps moisture inside cells,keeping them hydrated Inside joints,HA is a key component of synovial fluid, which is responsible for cushioning and lubricating the bones as they move

OA can degrade cartilage,

change bone shape and cause inflammation,resulting in pain, stiffness and loss of mobility,to make matters worse,the quality of HA in the synovial fluid decreases in those with OA, affecting the quality of that cushioning and lubrication around the joints


"I just wanted to let you know on my dog walk this morning my knees were so much better for having the injection The difference from doing the same walk yesterday and today was chalk and cheese. I know this sounds odd, but the knees feel much smoother and freer and the steps I mentioned were so much easier to walk down. Thank you for doing that yesterday."

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Alan Mcferran,a physiotherapist who provides injection clinics at Walnut Grove Clinic,looks at how hyaluronic acid injections can help osteoarthritis sufferers


- Strengthening exercises build muscles around painful joints which can help to ease the stress on them

- Range-of-motion exercises or stretching helps to reduce stiffness and keep joints moving

- Aerobic or cardio exercises help improve stamina and energy levels and reduce excess weight

- Balance exercises help strengthen small muscles around the knees and ankles and help prevent falls

- Weight loss

- Surgery - but this is only as a last resort


HA can be delivered by injection directly into the joint and can also be taken as a supplement orally

Most of the research has been done with injections into knees and the results are very favourable The injections can be delivered as a course,usually four to six weeks apart,or you can have a ?one-off?injection which has a higher concentration of HA The injections aren? t available on the NHSand very few private clinics offer HA injections Walnut Grove has a specialist injecting physiotherapist clinician who can provide HA injections,alternatively we can refer patients to an orthopaedic consultant at one of the local private hospitals that offer this treatment

There are very few associated side effects to the injections, occasional short-term stiffness and pain is sometimes experienced,infection is very rare HA injections are not a cure for osteoarthritis; it neither helps cartilage grow back nor improves

the structure of the joints, therefore the symptoms will eventually return This treatment is most likely to be effective for individuals with mild to moderate osteoarthritis rather than those with more severe symptoms HA injections would be needed periodically to maintain the effects

During the period when pain is reduced and movement increased,one should use the time to seek treatment and advice on alignment,exercises and tackling body weight if that is an issue

Talk to us at Walnut Grove to discuss if HA injections could help you and how we can help progress improvement and reduce the possibility of symptoms returning

To book a consultation call us on 01275 818303

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A selection of localprofessionalson hand to help you look and feelyour very best

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The beauty and wellness market appears to be evolving as more and more people realise it?s not actually self indulgent to look and feel good,it?s a necessity

Looking and feeling good is about finding a balance between physical health,hair and skincare,mental well-being and self-acceptance and you don? t have to go it alone There are so many professionals on hand right on your doorstep who can? t wait to help you begin your journey to a better you.

From fitness classes and personal training to nutrition advice and relaxation techniques; from skincare and new hairstyles to a range of aesthetics,whatever it takes to make you feel your very best, Portishead has plenty of experts to choose from to help you on your way

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Expert reveals foods you should be eating to help you get quality zzz?s

According to a recent report by Nuffield Health,49% of Brits report their sleep quality has worsened in the past 12 months and 49 2%report getting less than six hours of sleep a night

Sleep experts at Bed Kingdom say:?While many people resort to a glass of wine or two to help them drift off in the evening,this can actually be detrimental to the quality of our sleep in the long run There are many much more sensible options you can add to your diet to help boost your chance of getting some quality zzz?s?

Here are some of the best foods for a good night?s sleep according to science:

Kiw is

While researchers are not entirely sure why kiwis are so good for sleep,they attribute their slumber-aiding properties to the high number of vitamins and minerals such as vitamins C and E


Tart or sour cherries have an antioxidant effect, which can increase total sleep time and efficiency thanks to the high concentrations of the sleep hormone melatonin This can help regulate circadian rhythm and promote healthy sleep

Malted Milk

Most commonly known by the brand name Horlicks, consuming malted milk powder before bedtime has been proven to increase sleep quality and reduce interruptions,thanks to the high levels of vitamins B and D

Oily Fish

Oily fish such as salmon,mackerel and trout are high in vitamin D and omega-3,which help the body regulate serotonin Studies have found that those who eat at least three portions of oily fish a week experience better overall sleep


Nuts such as almonds,pistachios,walnuts,and cashews contain melatonin and sleep-promoting minerals like magnesium and zinc,which have been found to help improve the symptoms of sleep disorders like insomnia

As well as sleep-promoting foods,some supplements can help achieve better sleep,these include:


The smell of lavender has a relaxing effect as it interacts with the neurotransmitter GABA to act as an anxiety reliever This helps quiet the brain and nervous system activity to aid a good night?s sleep Lavender comes in many scented forms,including pillow sprays,diffusers,and topical creams Cham om ile

Thanks to an antioxidant called apigenin,chamomile has a calming effect on the brain,making it easier to fall asleep This wonder plant can be consumed via tea or supplement form,but make sure to check before consuming it,as it can interfere with certain medications


Supplementing diets with foods high in magnesium has been shown to reduce the stress hormone cortisol and promote melatonin Snacking on dark chocolate,nuts,and seeds will help boost levels naturally Alternatively,it can be taken as a supplement before bed to relax muscles and prepare the body for sleep

This content has been provided by Bed Kingdom www bedkingdom co uk/ beds htm l

Those struggling with health conditions should always consult their doctor

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Join us for the finest experience planned to the finest detail with Travel Counsellor Ella Price

Is it time to trade your daily routine for a luxurious beach holiday where relaxation is the only item on your agenda?

Whether you?re tempted by the soft embrace of the Cretan coastline or the pristine charm of the Maldives,the vibrant pulse of Halkidiki or the tranquillity of a secluded Seychelles island,your dream beachside getaway could be just around the corner


Ideal for tranquillity seekers,tucked away on Crete?s north eastern coast,Cayo Exclusive Resort & Spa?s understated,natural design and beautiful location make it the ultimate escape Slow down to the sound of the Mediterranean,drink in the views of ancient islands,and tuck into superb food in elegant surroundings Every room and suite has its own unique sense of luxury and the perk of a private pool The restaurants here take their cues from Cretan classics,with the finest local ingredients front and centre The beach is just 250 metres away,as is Plaka,a tranquil gem of a fishing village that retains traditional Cretan charm


Explore a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve where hawksbill turtles glide through the shallows,dolphins arch from the water and huge,majestic whale sharks migrate through the deep waters.Vakkaru Maldives?Baa Atoll Big Five safari is a mind-blowing showcase for the atoll?s finest marine wildlife

Take a speedboat trip to Turtle Reef to search for the eponymous creatures in their native habitat or cruise to Hanifaru Bay on the lookout for whale sharks; there?s so much to do and see


It's time to party? as a palette of soft oranges and reds sweeps across the sky,the pool is lit up and a DJ

twists the dials and raises some headphones to his ears - the sunset party is just getting started! This is a holiday filled with seemingly-endless beach bars, nightclubs and restaurants

There are a whole host of destinations to explore in addition to these above,so get in touch to discuss your next holiday

I?m Travel Counsellor Ella Price and I?m here to help you plan your next luxurious beach holiday - let me ensure that your finest experience is planned to the finest detail

Perfect holidays are all about relaxation or adventure and my job is to arrange your next holiday with care, allowing you to lose the pain of planning Holidays are happier when you are confident that everything is taken care of and any disruptions are covered

I'll take care of every last detail so you can explore with confidence and make memories to last a lifetime

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Forget what's in or out for 2024,'just do you' says Tracie

My kids laugh when I tell them we had an avocado (dull green) bathroom suite when I was growing up; they can? t understand why anyone would wish to stipple a ceiling or go to the trouble of stenciling on a wall! These were all very trendy at the time,along with magnolia paint and shag pile carpets.Whether you went all-in on curtain swags after too many episodes of Changing Rooms or leaned into the minimalist movement after Googling white space in the noughties,none of us escaped ?what's trending?But here?s the thing all these are stored in our memory banks - those deep coloured bathrooms were in for decades and we all remember magnolia,because it?s the only colour we had on our walls for years - and we won? t be forgetting them any time soon but we have moved on

Before the age of TikTok and Instagram,home interiors were influenced by glossy magazines, TV shows and to be honest what you could purchase in a large department store A trend could

and would last long enough for the investment to pay off and for the neighbours to catch up before the next trend appeared Now,we have a hundred makeover shows offering the latest fads,social media influencers chasing the next big thing and pushing innovative ideas in the hope that something will stick so they get paid their commission and attract more followers the result is? what's ?in? today can be ?out?tomorrow

Trends these days last only a short time and as far as I?m concerned,this is fantastic news! The shift has given us back our freedom, made design ideas accessible to everyone and provides enough inspiration to

really tune into our personalities and allow homes to reflect this. The trend is no longer the lead,it's simply a suggestion,an idea and you can take it or leave it Social media has given us DIYhacks, designer ideas on a budget and the confidence to try new projects without the huge cost of designers or designer item price tags

Personally,I am ready to embrace unique homes and celebrate families feeling more at home in the space they live in I think a home should be our go to place for comfort and security; it should also be where we explore our identity Our homes should reflect the personalities of those who live there not someone else?s! So be bold or be subtle,the choice is yours Create the home you want and who knows you might become a trend setter yourself Tx

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Developm ent Potential - A rare opportunity to acquire a two bedroom detached bungalow situated in an enviable position at one of Portishead's most desirable addresses overlooking neighbouring farmland and the Gordano Valley

Set within generous gardens to the front,side and rear providing the perfect opportunity for those looking to extend to create a bespoke family home to enjoy for years to come The versatile accommodation currently approaches 1250 sq ft and is sure to suit to a wide range of prospective purchasers due to the flexible nature of this fine residence

The accommodation is in need of modernisation and in brief comprises entrance hall,living room,dining room, kitchen/breakfast room,conservatory,family bathroom and two double bedrooms which completes the internal footprint to this promising property

The front of the property benefits from a garage with tarmacadam driveway providing off-street parking for several vehicles

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Powell & Associates Financial Planning

SaraPowell talksabout branding to make their businessapproachable

Rich and I have been working really hard on a brand for our business,with the support of Enjoy Portishead's designer Tracie Fry We really wanted to get the final product right,fit for purpose and to choose something that was different to other financial planning firms we work alongside We want people to know from the outset that we are approachable and are here to help people from all walks of life,from those who want to discuss investment opportunities,plans for their retirement and other financial matters We are excited to say that our final branding designs are now ready and will be launched in the May 2024 edition of Enjoy Portishead! We can't wait to show you and hope you like the new designs

The May edition will also have a focus on the budget announcements by the Chancellor,we will make it jargon free with the aim of making it easy for everyone to understand how some of the policy changes could affect you

If you have any ideas for future useful topics ? please email Sara.Powell@sjpp.co.uk and I will see what we can do for you! The value of an investment with St James?s Place will be directly linked to the performance of the funds selected and may fall as well as rise You may get back less than the amount invested

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Motorsport enthusiast Harvey Lawrence from FH Halliday & Son in Portishead prepares for the new season

By day Harvey Lawrence drives a hearse for his family?s funeral business but at weekends he moves in to the fast lane and drives a racing car on circuits around the UKand beyond

As the new season begins,Enjoy talked to Harvey about his past year in the Caterham race series where he competes in his favourite sport and what?s in store for the year ahead

After com peting at the first level in 2022, you m oved in to the Caterham Roadsport class for 2023, how did that go?

I had quite a good season

Moving up into the Roadsport class meant my car was now faster I had much to learn moving with additional speed,but I gained so much more experience

Over the course of the year,I secured a few podium finishes and travelled all across the UK with the help and support of Caterham and my family I was also one of only 40 drivers from the UK,selected to travel to the

Caribbean to compete in the winter series there I competed in the Caterham Caribbean Cup, hosted at the Bushy Park

Barbados Race Circuit The circuit has some real pedigree,having previously hosted the Race of Champions and Top Gear's World Tour,it's welcomed the likes of F1 legends such as David Coulthard, Lewis Hamilton and Jensen Button,so that was really exciting for me I was doing really well and came in third in one of the big races,so I made the podium despite an early exit

Unfortunately on the last day I had a bad crash Luckily I sustained nothing more than a few cuts and bruises,but there was a fair bit of damage to the car so I couldn? t complete the final races Winning a trophy for an earlier race made it all worthwhile though

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What are you looking forward to m ost for the 2024 season?

I?ve moved up to another class now,so 2024 will see me enter a full year in the Caterham 270R championship,a much tighter and competitive grid of drivers, many of whom have much more experience than me and have been racing for a lot longer than I have,so it?s going to be tough.

In May I?ll be racing at the iconic F1 circuit,Zandvoort in Holland; it will be my second time racing there but my first in 270R.The Zandvoort track is amazing ? it swoops and flows through the sand dunes, creating a rollercoaster-like feel to the lap Zandvoort is also located next to one of the most beautiful beaches,making racing well worth travelling for!

What does the future hold with regards to your racing?

I am looking forward to the challenge of racing against stiff competition and I am excited to see how far I can progress, however despite my racing,my commitment to FH Halliday and helping families will always be my priority Even though my driving is a lot slower whilst at work,I still enjoy looking after the fleet of cars at Halliday?s and making sure they are always in the best condition possible

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What does the Chancellor's spring budget mean for you and your business?

On Wednesday 6 March,the Chancellor Jeremy Hunt delivered his budget statement in parliament It contained a number of measures relevant to small business owners and the self-employed Here are just some of the key announcements which may affect you and your business


The VATthreshold will rise from £85,000 to £90,000, with effect from 1April 2024 This is the result of FSB campaigning extensively for a rise in the threshold, as the Chancellor acknowledged in his statement


These will be reduced from eight per cent to six per cent,with effect from 6 April 2024 and employee NICs will fall from 10 per cent to eight per cent


Tax relief on furnished holiday lets will be scrapped


HMRC has published new guidance around the tax deductibility of training costs for sole traders and the self-employed.This guidance ensures that updating existing skills,maintaining pace with technological advancements,or changes in industry practices,are allowable costs when calculating taxable profits


Additional funding will be made available for childcare providers delivering parents?free childcare entitlement in England,in a move the government estimates will lead to 60,000 more parents entering the labour market over the next four years


The government has announced a £74?million up-skilling fund pilot that will help SMEs develop AI skills of the future

Information courtesy of the Federation of Small Businesses www fsb org uk



Schedulesare now available for one of Portishead?s most popular events The town?sannual summer show, packed with attractions and family fun, includes elementsof a traditional flower show with more than 300 classes to enter. Will you enter this year? Remember, if you don? t have a go, there won? t be a show! Whether you want to grow flowers, fruit or veg; bake a cake; show off your artistic skills or make a scarecrow, there?s a class for everyone from toddlers to senior citizens The schedules priced £1 detail every class, provide hintsand tips for those entering and explain all you need to know The schedules also include the full entertainment programme for the weekend Pick up your schedule now so that you know what you need to do to be ready for the July event They are available from High Street shops including Carey?sand SoleLution, you can also download them. Find out more by visiting wwwportisheadsummershowcom



An eight-year-old schoolgirl from Portishead haslaunched a petition in a bid to help keep familiessafe on their way to and from school. The child?smum contacted Enjoy to askusto highlight her daughter?sappeal for a zebra crossing to be installed on Harbour Road where the ?yellow? footpath from Sainsbury?scar park heading towardsto the marina, meetsthe busy road The petition, which already hasmore than 100 signatures, can be found on the change/org website by searching Toni Stuckey

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Much-loved fictional charactersinspired some creative fancy dressoutfitsat nurseriesand schools acrossNorth Somerset on 7th March

Patrickfrom Sponge Bob Square Pants, Toy Story?s Woody, PeterRabbit and Captain America were just some of the characterschildren at The Nursery in Portishead dressed asto World BookDay

Aswell asencouraging pupilsto dressup, many schoolsin the region held bookfairsaspart of the annual celebrationsorganised on the first Thursday in March to promote reading and encourage children of all agesto celebrate theirfavourite stories


The Portishead BowlsClub, located on the Lake Groundsoverlooking the Channel, is offering an opportunity to you,your friendsand family to try anew sport, have some fun and meet new people

The club meetson aMonday morning at 10am and the first meeting of the new season ison 15th April

Guidance will be given and equipment provided,they just ask you to wear flat soled shoes

There isno charge or obligation to join ? the club just hopesyou get the bug and also socialise after

If you are unable to go along on aMonday, an open day takesplace on Sunday 28th April between 10am-3pm. For more information see www portisheadbowlingclub org uk or contact Rod Hawkinson 07840 210319


Many people have concerns about what will happen if they are no longer able to manage their own affairs due to a loss of mental capacity Dr Peter Carpenter, a retired consultant psychiatrist, will lead an Ethics Forum at St Peter?s Church on Monday 15th April 7 30 ? 9 30pm, exploring mental capacity, principles and conundrums in practice, the Mental Capacity Act and other related legal issues His presentation will be followed by questions and open discussion

Peter has vast experience working in this field including advising, preparing reports on capacity and assessing people when there were concerns about lasting powers of attorney. He has also taught extensively on the Mental Capacity Act

Everyone is welcome, no tickets are required and admission is free, although donations towards costs are invited

The forum will also be live streamed to the church YouTube channel www youtube com/watch?v=98Am2Xs8nRk

For more details call David on 01275 840 245 or email david tyers@gmail com

Photo: World BookDay at The Nursery in Portishead


A family firm in Portishead ishelping to ensure familiesreceiving support from the local foodbank don? t missout on Easter thisyear

At a time when pressure ison many familiesto buy chocolate treats for the children, FH Halliday and Son donated a box of Easter eggs to the foodbank

Harvey Lawrence from Halliday?ssaid: ?We hope thissmall gesture will help bring a smile to some of the familiesthat use the Portishead foodbank and those who are currently having a bit of a tough time can see that people do care about them."



Ideal forbeginners, the electric guitar club forthose aged 16+ meetsat Gordano SportsCentre in Portishead on Thursdays Study guitar in a friendly and supportive group environment with guitar coach Ash Tucker Membership isrequired to attend the club with the first month included free in the initial sign up

To become a member or find out more visit the guitar club page at below www the-guitarcoach com

Later thismonth membersof Portishead Running Club (PRC) will take part in achallenge to raise money for St Peter?sHospice in memory of their friend, former running club member Dawn Guy.

Dawn signed up to the club in January 2023 when she enrolled in itscouch to 5k programme From thisshe gained alove of running, regularly attending the ladies? Wednesday evening sessionsand taking part in the Clevedon ?graduation?parkrun, followed by the ?Road to 10K?programme before successfully completing the Clevedon Midsummer 10k race on 13th June.

Tragically, Dawn wasdiagnosed with stomach cancer in the summer of 2023 and lost her battle with the disease on ChristmasDay, just afew daysafter her 40th birthday

Dawn spent her last daysin the amazing care of the staff and volunteersat St Peter?sHospice and so Portishead Running Club decided to raise fundsto assist them in continuing to provide care to othersin the future The hospice providesitsvital servicesfree of charge, but it costsaround £24,000 aday to provide that care Donationsare vital to the service continuing

The Dawn Guy Memorial Challenge Run will see a group of runnersrun from PRC?sbase - the hutch opposite Portishead Open Air Pool, along the coast path to Clevedon They will then complete the Clevedon Parkrun before running back to Portishead Thiswill be a16 mile run and memberswho are unable to do the full challenge will run part of it The runnerswill be encouraging donationsasthey go and there will be a social get-together after when further donationswill be invited.

Donationscan also be made viathe Portishead Running Club?sJust Giving page

Photo: Portishead Running Club membersin 2023 with Dawn (centre)

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