ENJOY Portishead January 2024 issue

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COM MU NI T Y NOT I CE BOA R D Sp onsored b y Wrig ht- Morg a n D I GI TA L H EL P

FREE BABY GROUPS

Free assistance from computer helpers to support people improve their basic IT skills.

A social group for babies up to 9 months old and parents/carers Tea and coffee, fun, advice, sensory and messy play

Portishead Library, Harbour Road

TheNursery, CombeRoad

Alternate Tues & Weds 10am-1pm

Mondays from22nd Jan 10-11am

& Thurs 1-3pm

Places limited so pleasebook - call 01275 402140

See staff to book

DANCE

STROKE CLUB

Folk Feet offers friendship, light exercise and fun with country dancing for all and a cup of tea or coffee.

Run by stroke survivors for stroke survivors and their carers, this is a friendly drop in coffee morning offering information and advice.

North Weston Hall

Clarence House, High Street, Portishead

Tuesdays 9.30am - 11.30am

On the first Friday of each month from 10.30am-12.30pm Contact Lori at

Call Jill Elliot on 07515 904707 or email jillyelliot@gmail.com

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EN GLI SH CON V ERSATI ON CLASSES

WA R M SPA CES

Free English conversation classes for adults of all nationalities and ability levels. H elp with your grammar, vocabular y and pronunciation

Available at Portishead Library and Youth Centre Throughout the winter months No obligation to purchase anything Just relax and keep warm

The Beacon H ub Portishead M ethodist Church

Call in to the venues to find out more or visit

Tuesdays (term time) 10am & 11am Email:

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PORTISHEA D PORTERS

Run by the Rotary Club of Portishead Volunteer drivers are needed to help transport people who struggle to get to and from one of our local hospitals for outpatient appointments. You can give as many or as few hours a month as you wish. All costs reimbursed

To find out more call Sue on 07990624928 2

A fun and friendly setting for those with dementia and their carers with songs, games and a cup of tea Jubilee Hall, Slade Road On the first and third Tuesday of every month

2.15-3.45pm. Find out more by calling Brian on 01275 871197 or Jacqui on 01275 845233 2

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I N SI D E Ja nua ry 2024

p6 Tr ee- Cycl i ng Did you know tha t rec yc ling this yea r's Christm a s tree c a n help ra ise m oney for loc a l c ha rities? Find out where to ta ke your tree while help ing others.

p16 M eet Ni gel Dando ENJOY c a tc hes up with Nig el Da nd o, retired BBC c hief rep orter a nd b rother of TV p resenter Jill, nea rly 25 yea rs a fter her tra g ic d ea th.

p30 Communi ty Calendar All your loc a l events for 2024 in one p la c e. We ta ke a look a t wha t's on in Portishea d this yea r!

p44 Sel f- car e Wa lnut Grove's Ka thryn Ha rp er ta lks to us a b out the im p orta nc e of self- c a re, a nd how this c a n look d ifferent to everyone.

PL US Page 7. Pla ns for a new 3G footb a ll p itc h for Portishea d Town Footb a ll Club unveiled , tha nks to a n investm ent from the Footb a ll Found a tion a nd a d d itiona l sup p ort from Portishea d Town Counc il. Page 9. Volunteering - b y working tog ether with others, you c a n help c rea te a p ositive a nd sup p ortive environm ent for everyone. ENJOY looks a t loc a l g roup s we c a n help . Page 13. Hea lth Wa lks - sta rt the New Yea r with a g entle wa lk a nd feel the b enefits of b eing outd oors a nd m oving your b od y. Page 23-26. Portishea d Hig h Street unc overed . Our 'Did you know' p a g es ta kes a look a t som e of the hid d en g em s you c a n d isc over on your d oorstep . Page 33. New Yea r insp ira tion? Ma na g er Liv a t Ma x Minerva 's b ook shop sha res top rea d s for trying som ething new, from tra vel to hob b ies a nd m ore... Page 43. Hea lthy Ea ting - feel like you need a reset a fter the Christm a s ind ulg enc e? Ta ke a look a t our g uid e to g etting food b a c k on tra c k a nd feeling g ood a g a in. Page 51. Working from hom e. - with so m a ny of us need ing a worksp a c e in our hom es we ta ke a look a t c rea ting a sm a ll sp a c e into a p owerhouse of p rod uc tivity. Page 54. Town Ta lk - events, a c tivities a nd loc a l news. Page 56 - Useful p eop le to know. Our reg ula r listing of loc a l b usinesses here to help . Whether its a lea king ta p or a b ed for your leeks, a p a ne tha t need s c lea ning or a c lea ning job tha t's a p a in. We ha ve som eone to help .

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H A PP Y N E W YEA R F ROM YOU R P U B L I SH E R S This m onthly m a g a zine is p rod uc ed for you b y Tra c ie Fry a nd Tra c ey Fowler, two Portishea d m ed ia p rofessiona ls with a p a ssion for Portishea d . As we enter a 2024 we a re tha nkful to everyone for their sup p ort on our journey in c rea ting this p ub lic a tion for our loc a l c om m unity ? tha t?s you the rea d ers, our sp onsor Wrig ht- Morg a n, a ll a d vertisers, our p od c a st b ud d y Ia n Downsy Downs a nd our d ed ic a ted ed itoria l c ontrib utors. Tha nk you a ll. Our a im is to a lwa ys p rovid e a q ua lity m a g a zine, with eng a g ing c ontent, news, views a nd lifestyle fea tures while a lso p rom oting our town?s ind ep end ent b usinesses. Plea se let us know if you ha ve a story or a n event you would like to sha re in Enjoy, or if you would like to a d vertise in the m a g . Rem em b er it?s the a d vertising a nd sp onsorship tha t m a ke a ll this p ossib le.

TO ADVERTISE Allow us to help you p rom ote your b usiness throug h p rint m ed ia ? a form of a d vertising we know p eop le trust. Rea c h your loc a l m a rket from a s little a s £35 p er m onth with ENJOY Portishea d . GET IN TOUCH Ad vertising | Tra c ie Fry a d vertising .enjoyp ortishea d @g m a il.c om Tel: 07766207731 Ed itor | Tra c ey Fowler ed itor.enjoyp ortishea d @g m a il.c om Tel: 07368250688 Desig n ? Tra c ie Fry Crea tive Solutions

Plea se note our d ea d line for the Feb rua ry issue is 5th Ja nua ry 2024 This m a g a zine ha s b een p ub lished b y T & T Pub lishing ? 2023. Every 4 effort ha s b een m a d e to ensure the a c c ura c y of inform a tion c onta ined in this p ub lic a tion, lia b ility for a ny om issions or errors c a nnot b e a c c ep ted b y the p ub lisher.

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WELCOME W

elc om e to our Ja nua ry issue of Enjoy Portishea d . I hop e you ha d a fa nta stic Christm a s. Ja nua ry a lwa ys seem s suc h a n exc iting tim e a s we look forwa rd to the yea r a hea d with g ood intentions.

Whether you wa nt to b rea k old ha b its, g et fit a nd g ive your lifestyle a workout, sta rt a new hob b y, g ive b a c k to the loc a l c om m unity, c ha ng e c a reer or g ive your hom e a m a keover, you will find p lenty in this issue to help you a long . However, if you a re ha p p y with life a s it is a nd d on?t p la n to m a ke a ny g rea t c ha ng es, I?m sure you will still find p lenty to interest you in this p ub lic a tion from the la test enterta inm ent in the a rea to c om m unity news. It?s a welc om e sig ht to see our em p ty shop s filling up in the Hig h Street whether tha t?s with c offee shop s, c ha in stores or new ind ep end ents. Plea se d o rem em b er to sup p ort our loc a l ind ep end ent tra d ers whenever you c a n, we will only keep them if we use them . Ta lking a b out the Hig h Street, how well d o you know it? Chec k out the sp ec ia l ?Did You Know??fea ture on p a g es 23 - 26 to find out som e fun fa c ts a nd interesting inform a tion a b out our b ustling m a in street. I c a n?t sig n off without g iving sp ec ia l tha nks onc e a g a in to the Portishea d Christm a s lig hts tea m , we know you work so ha rd , not only throug hout Dec em b er b ut a ll yea r round ? we rea lly d o a p p rec ia te a ll you d o ? tha nk you a ll so m uc h. Tha nks for p ic king this c op y up , I hop e you enjoy it. Until next tim e, very b est wishes

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TREE-CYCLING How will you d isp ose of your Christm a s tree a fter the c eleb ra tions?

Christm a s tree rec yc ling sc hem es in the loc a l a rea ha ve ra ised m ore tha n £87,000 for g ood c a uses over the p a st three yea rs. These sc hem es, whic h a re sup p orted a nd a c tively enc oura g ed b y North Som erset Counc il, inc lud e Noa h?s Ark Zoo Fa rm in Wra xa ll, St Peter?s Hosp ic e a nd Weston Hosp ic ec a re. Most of the trees a re c hip p ed for la nd reg enera tion a nd som e a re d ona ted for a nim a l enric hm ent within their ha b ita t. Noa h?s Ark Zoo Fa rm , just a few m iles outsid e Portishea d , ha s b een using rec yc led Christm a s trees for a nim a l enric hm ent for severa l yea rs. The wood c hip s a re used in the And ea n Ad ventures exhib it, p rovid ing d ifferent sc ents for resid ent sp ec ta c led b ea rs, Ma d id i, Ra su, Tuic hi a nd Beni, while the elep ha nts, not only c onsum e whole trees, they a lso enjoy sea rc hing their wa y throug h p iles of c hip p ing s for b uried trea ts. In a d d ition, the m eerka ts love d ig g ing in the sa nd a nd for a sea sona l c ha ng e the keep ers b ury their food und er the m ulc h, whic h sim ula tes hunting in the wild a nd is a key p a rt of their enric hm ent.

hosp ic e g a rd en - a ha ven of p ea c e a nd c a lm for p a tients a nd their fa m ilies; loc a l a llotm ents or b y Gristwood & Tom s a t Bla ise Pla nt Nursery to fuel their b iom a ss b oilers. The hosp ic e is a c tively looking for volunteers to help with c ollec tions on 5th a nd 6th Ja nua ry. If you ha ve a va n or you're g ood a t na vig a ting , willing to help lift som e Christm a s trees a nd ha ve a b ig sm ile they would love to hea r from you! Em a il c om m unity@stp etershosp ic e.org Pre- b ook your tree c ollec tion for St Peter?s Hosp ic e a t www.stp etershosp ic e.org / treec ollec tion

Noa h?s Ark will b e a c c ep ting trees b etween Wed nesd a y 3rd a nd Sund a y 21st Ja nua ry. Trees should b e left in the m a in c a r p a rk where ind ic a ted , stric tly d uring these d a tes a nd d uring zoo op ening tim es only (10.30a m to 4p m ). St Peter?s Hosp ic e will c ollec t trees in return for a d ona tion on Frid a y 5th a nd Sa turd a y 6th Ja nua ry from m ost p ostc od es in Portishea d . A £15- £20 d ona tion is sug g ested . You just lea ve your tree out the nig ht b efore your c ollec tion d a te a nd it will b e p ic ked up without you need ing to b e a t hom e. You c a n b e a ssured your Christm a s tree will b e fully rec yc led , a s onc e c ollec ted it will b e shred d ed b y a tea m s of a rb orists a t one of the following : the

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Weston Hosp ic ec a re?s Pines for Pound s will c ollec t trees in return for a d ona tion on Sa turd a y 6th Ja nua ry b ut c hec k tha t your p ostc od e is inc lud ed in the c ollec tion a rea s a s they c onc entra te on the a rea s nea rer to Weston. Find out m ore a t www.westonhosp ic ec a re.org .uk/ event/ p inesforp ound s If p referred , resid ents sig ned up to the c ounc il?s g a rd en wa ste c ollec tion servic e c a n p ut their trees out for c ollec tion when the servic e resum es from Mond a y 15th Ja nua ry 2024. Trees c a n either b e c hop p ed up a nd p ut in g reen g a rd en wa ste b ins or left whole a long sid e the b in. They c a n b e up to two m etres in leng th a nd m ust ha ve the p ot a nd a ll d ec ora tions rem oved . Christm a s trees c a n a lso b e ta ken to rec yc ling c entres where they will b e trea ted a s g a rd en wa ste. Chec k the c ounc il?s web site for a d vic e a nd op ening tim es www.n- som erset.g ov.uk/ rec yc ling c entres

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PORTISHEAD TOWN FC 3G COMMUNITY PITCH

Footb a ll Found a tion is set to invest in Portishea d Pla ns for a new 3G footb a ll p itc h for Portishea d Town Footb a ll Club ha ve b een unveiled . The c lub is op tim istic tha t it will see a new c om m unity 3G p itc h insta lled a t its Bristol Roa d g round la ter this yea r tha nks to a n investm ent from the Footb a ll Found a tion a nd a g rea t d ea l of a d d itiona l sup p ort from Portishea d Town Counc il, Som erset FA a nd other sup p orters of the c lub . Portishea d Town FC is a c om m unity footb a ll c lub b a sed in the hea rt of Portishea d with m ore tha n 1000 a d ults a nd c hild ren using the c lub ea c h week a nd it?s the c lub ?s p op ula rity tha t help ed c onvinc e the Footb a ll Found a tion to step in a nd help . A c om m unity a ll- wea ther p itc h m ea ns tha t in a d d ition to use b y the c lub , the p itc h will b e op ened up to the wid er c om m unity with loc a l g roup s a nd org a nisa tions invited to g et a c tive a nd ha ve fun using the fa c ility onc e it?s in p la c e. Volunteers from the c lub ha ve b een working tirelessly for m a ny yea rs in a n a ttem p t to sec ure fund ing a nd a p p rova l for the new 3G p itc h. Ma rk Ga rd ner, a sp okesm a n for the c lub , sa id : ?We a re exc ited to ?g ive b a c k?to the c om m unity with this wond erful op p ortunity a nd ha ve a lrea d y sta rted to eng a g e with loc a l org a nisa tions to d isc uss how the c om m unity p itc h c a n b e b est used in the future, b eyond use b y c lub m em b ers.?

If p la nning is a p p roved work is exp ec ted to b eg in in Ma y a nd b e c om p leted within six m onths. Ma rk a d d ed : ?We a re p la nning a ?sp a d e in the g round ?on the la st d a y of the sea son so m id - Ma y. The p rojec t will b e run b y the Footb a ll Found a tion d irec t with the c ontra c tors a nd we a re hop ing we c ould b e p la ying on the p itc h b y Oc tob er 2024. This is a m illion p ound p rojec t a nd whilst m uc h of the fund ing is c om ing from the Footb a ll Found a tion, Portishea d Town Counc il a nd Som erset FA a re a lso p la ying a vita l role. We still need to c om e up with som e fund s ourselves b ut a re c onfid ent c om m unity enthusia sm will help us ra ise a ny shortfa ll. We ha ve lots of fund ra ising events p la nned ; we will a p p ly for g ra nts a nd invite sp onsors a nd sup p orters from the c orp ora te world to g et involved to help us b ring this p rojec t to life for the whole c om m unity.? To keep up - to- d a te on p la ns for the new c om m unity 3G p itc h follow Portishea d Town FC on soc ia l m ed ia .

Portishea d Footba ll Club ha s been a fa cility in the town for m ore tha n 100 yea rs. To find out a bout the tea m s, how to becom e a sponsor, deta ils a bout hiring the clubhouse for functions a nd m uch m ore visit www.portishea dtownfc.com

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Get t in g In v olv ed I a m sure we c a n a ll a g ree tha t Portishea d is b lessed with ha ving the Portishea d Christm a s lig hts, the Sum m er Show, Portishea d in Bloom , Turn the Tid e a nd lots of other g roup s a ll whic h c ontrib ute to the c om m unity sp irit. The one c om m on them e here is tha t they a re a ll volunta ry g roup s. As a m em b er of Portishea d Hortic ultura l Soc iety a nd the Portishea d Sum m er Show c om m ittee I rec ently went to a c onferenc e org a nised b y the Assoc ia tion of Shows a nd Ag ric ultura l Soc ieties a nd a ll those a ttend ing a g reed we a ll ha ve the sa m e c ha lleng es. Pub lic eng a g em ent, stewa rd ing , c a r p a rking , m a nning g a tes, fund ra ising , setting up infra struc ture, m a na g ing a b ud g et a nd la st b ut b y no m ea ns lea st ha ving enoug h p eop le to run the show. Irresp ec tive of the size of the org a nisa tion we a ll a g reed tha t we c ould not d o a ny of it without loc a l sup p ort a nd volunteers. We ha d a sp ea ker from the Na tiona l Counc il for Volunta ry Org a nisa tions who sa id tha t their surveys showed tha t the p ub lic wa nted to help b ut were not sure how to g o a b out it or were c onc erned a b out the level of c om m itm ent need ed . Whilst som e ta sks need to b e d one reg ula rly there a re lots of op p ortunities to d o one- off ta sks - for exa m p le the Sum m er Show need s 100 volunteers for one week in July m a ny of whom d o two hour stints. There a re som e fa nta stic p eop le in Portishea d willing to help (som e d oing m ore tha n their fa ir sha re b y volunteering for m ore tha n one g roup ). Whilst it a p p ea rs tha t som e g roup s a re thriving in Portishea d , som e g roup s a re rea lly strug g ling to g et volunteers. You c ould m a ke a b ig d ifferenc e b y offering to help either on a n a d hoc b a sis or m ore reg ula rly so p lea se g et involved in 2024. Lind a Hod g etts ? Portishea d Sum m er Show

PANDA There a re m a ny g roup s for c hild ren with a d d itiona l need s b ut when the c hild ren b ec om e young a d ults, loc a l g roup s a nd a c tivities a re m ore d iffic ult to find . Tha t?s why a g roup of loc a l p a rents form ed Portishea d Ad d itiona l Need s Disc o a nd other Ac tivities (PANDA). PANDA is a soc ia l g roup for young a d ults in our town. We m eet reg ula rly throug hout the m onth for d isc os, skittle g a m es, outing s, a rt a nd c ra ft sessions a nd g enera l g et- tog ethers. We welc om e new m em b ers to the a c tivities a nd a re a lso seeking a d d itiona l volunteers to help sup ervise or b ring with them exp ertise, skills or interests in a p a rtic ula r a rea tha t would b enefit the g roup . Plea se g et in touc h via our Fa c eb ook p a g e if you would like to know m ore, we would love to hea r from you.

LIDO Ap a rt from lifeg ua rd ing , Portishea d Op en Air Pool?s op era tion is a lm ost tota lly d ep end a nt on volunteers. When the p ool is fully op en the m a in d uties a re rec ep tion, working in our c om m unity Ca fé Lid o a nd help ing out in the tuc k shop . Without enoug h volunteers on d uty d uring the sum m er sea son we m a y ha ve to red uc e the op ening hours.

Va l Wills - PANDA

In the ?c losed ?sea son from la te Sep tem b er to la te Ap ril we need volunteers just a s m uc h, for m a intena nc e ta sks from c lea ning a nd p a inting to m ore skilled ta sks. If a ny rea d ers ha ve b uild ing a nd m a intena nc e skills suc h a s p lum b ing , elec tric a l a nd c a rp entry or even if they c a n wield a p a intb rush or m op , a nd c a n sp a re a few hours a week we would love to hea r from them . We usua lly m eet on Wed nesd a y m orning s a t the p ool a nd a t other tim es a s req uired , so if there is a nyone out there interested in volunteering a t the lid o, p lea se d rop in a nd see how you c a n help , or c onta c t m a na g er@p ortishea d op ena irp ool.org .uk

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Portishea d Op en Air Pool


VOLUNTEERING Ma king g iving b a c k to your loc a l c om m unity a New Yea r's resolution c a n ha ve so m a ny b enefits Portishea d is known for its wond erful c om m unity sp irit. Our town is hom e to hund red s of volunta ry g roup s a nd org a nisa tions a nd the work of them a ll c ould not b e a c c om p lished if resid ents d id n?t g ive som e of their tim e a nd energ y for free to sup p ort them . Tha t sa id , it?s not just a b out wha t you c a n g ive, volunteering in your loc a l c om m unity this yea r c ould b ring you num erous b enefits too. Volunteering is a g rea t wa y to m eet new p eop le a nd m a ke new friend s. It c a n c ontrib ute to your p ersona l g rowth a nd d evelop m ent, p rovid ing a n op p ortunity to lea rn new skills, g a in exp erienc es a nd c ha lleng e yourself in d ifferent wa ys resulting in a sense of p urp ose a nd a c hievem ent.

A rela tively new a d d ition to the Portishea d c a lend a r ? Portishea d Arts Festiva l weekend is a nother event org a nised b y volunteers

Christm a s lig hts volunteers work with m em b ers of Portishea d in Bloom to p ut up fla g s in the Hig h Street to m a rk the sta rt of sum m er

The Lions Club of Portishea d is a volunta ry g roup resp onsib le for insta lling the m a jority of the p ub lic a c c ess d efib rilla tors in town

When you volunteer, you c ontrib ute to b uild ing a strong er a nd m ore c ohesive c om m unity. By working tog ether with others, you c a n help c rea te a p ositive a nd sup p ortive environm ent for everyone, fostering a sense of unity a nd sha red resp onsib ility. Volunteering is of c ourse a p ersona l c hoic e a nd it?s im p orta nt to find c a uses tha t resona te with you. Whether it's sup p orting events a nd a c tivities in the c om m unity, ed uc a tion, environm enta l c onserva tion, a nim a l welfa re, or a ny other c a use, rem em b er your c ontrib ution c a n rea lly m a ke a d ifferenc e. If you wa nt to volunteer in our loc a l c om m unity the Visit Portishea d web site c onta ins a c om m unity d irec tory listing hund red s of volunta ry g roup s a nd org a nisa tions tha t op era te in a nd a round our town. If you b elong to a g roup tha t isn?t listed , p lea se d o fill the form in a nd up loa d it so tha t your g roup ?s d eta ils c a n b e inc lud ed . www.visitp ortishea d .net/ c lub s- a nd - org a nisa tions.p hp

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PORTISHEAD CARNIVAL Tra c ey Fowler a sks - c ould this m uc h c eleb ra ted event return or ha s it g one forever? Portishea d Ca rniva l, like the a nnua l Ra ft Ra c e, a p p ea rs to now b e a thing of the p a st, whic h I feel is a sha m e. Not a week g oes b y without som eone a sking m e, usua lly with p lea d ing eyes, if there will b e a Portishea d Ca rniva l this yea r. As som eone who wa s involved in the event, a lb eit in a very sm a ll wa y, for m a ny yea rs I know the ha rd work a nd effort it took a sm a ll tea m of volunteers to m a ke tha t event ha p p en. I m a y b e op ening a c a n of worm s even m entioning the p ossib ility of its return b ut I?m g oing to ta ke the risk b ec a use I know how m uc h it m ea nt to p eop le a nd how m uc h m em b ers of our c om m unity m iss it. Portishea d Ca rniva l ha d b een a m a jor event in the

The d uo c ontinued to p rovid e the town with a n a m a zing event tha t inc lud ed a sp ec ta c ula r p roc ession of floa ts, m a rc hing b a nd s a nd wa lking g roup s tha t would wind its wa y from the La ke Ground s throug h the Hig h Street towa rd s the show field op p osite Gord a no Sc hool. On the field there would b e b a nd s, DJ?s, fa irg round rid es, sta lls, d elic ious food a nd a b eer tent a nd the c eleb ra tions

town?s c a lend a r for m ore tha n 100 yea rs. It used to b e run a nd fund ed b y the Town Counc il a nd events were held a t the La ke Ground s. Over the yea rs fund ing for c a rniva l unfortuna tely d ried up a nd the event wa s ta ken over b y a va riety of d ifferent g roup s a nd volunteers, inc lud ing a long stint b y Portishea d Round Ta b le. would c ontinue throug h to the evening , som etim es In 2002 it wa s ta ken over b y two b rillia nt loc a l then followed b y a n a fter p a rty a t Som erset Ha ll. volunteers, Jem m a Coop er a nd Wend y Ya nd ell, b oth whom sha red g rea t c a rniva l c hild hood m em ories The resp onsib ility for the event wa s hug e a nd the a nd wa nted to keep it g oing . With p a ssion a nd vision ever inc rea sing hea lth a nd sa fety leg isla tion m a d e a nd the help of m a ny volunteers they worked ha rd to the org a nisa tion ea c h yea r m ore a nd m ore d iffic ult. b ring a d wind ling c a rniva l b a c k to the sp ec ta c le it 10 onc e wa s.

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I?m sure Jem m a a nd Wend y will ha ve a few word s to sa y to m e for d a ring to op en this up for c om m ent b ut I feel it?s b een a n elep ha nt in the room for too long . Plea se d rop m e a line a t ed itor.enjoyp ortishea d @g m a il.c om or if you wa nt to write, I?m a t 10 Avon Wa y, Portishea d .

Jem m a a nd Wend y b oth ha d va rious life c ha ng ing events ta ke p la c e d uring their tim e org a nising c a rniva l b ut d esp ite this they ha d b een p la nning a nother c a rniva l when Covid hit a nd p ut a stop to their p la ns. Life ha s c ha ng ed for m ost of us in one wa y or a nother sinc e Covid , not to m ention the c ha lleng es of the c urrent ec onom ic c risis. Muc h wa ter ha s g one und er the b rid g e a nd I fea r the c a rniva l is now fa r too m uc h resp onsib ility for two p eop le. But is it the end of c a rniva l or is it the end of c a rniva l a s we knew it? I?d like your thoug hts p lea se. I?d like to know if you would like to see the c a rniva l resurrec ted a nd how you c ould help m a ke it ha p p en.

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HEALTH WALKS A g rea t wa y to sta y a c tive Wa lking For Hea lth is a p rog ra m m e of c a sua l wa lks a im ed a t ind ivid ua ls who wa nt to sta y a c tive. They a re a lso a g rea t wa y to m a ke new friend s. The Hea lth Wa lks sc hem e welc om es m ore tha n 300 reg ula r wa lkers ea c h week in towns a nd villa g es in a nd a round North Som erset. The wa lks a re led b y volunteers who welc om e you to join their g roup s. Portishea d wa lks ta ke p la c e on Mond a ys a t 10.30a m , usua lly sta rting off from Wa itrose Pia zza (it?s a g ood id ea to a rrive a round 10 m inutes p rior to the wa lk b eg inning ). After the wa lk the g roup m em b ers usua lly g et tog ether for a c up of tea or c offee b efore g oing hom e. Everyone is welc om e. For m ore inform a tion c a ll Portishea d wa lk lea d er Mike Wa tts on 01275 848281or visit the Hea lth Wa lks p a g e on the Better Hea lth North Som erset web site www.b etterhea lthns.c o.uk/ inform a tion/ hea lthwa lks/

istock.com: gray freeman

If you would like to help others g et hea lthier, love b eing out in the fresh a ir a nd a re rea sona b ly a c tive yourself, then b ec om ing a volunteer hea lth wa lk lea d er m ig ht interest you.

FIVE GREAT REASONS TO TAKE UP WALKING

Volunteer hea lth wa lk lea d er tra ining is a va ila b le for a nyone interested in b ec om ing a lea d er a nd the next tra ining d a y will b e on Wed nesd a y 24 Ja nua ry, 10a m to 1p m a t Ca stlewood in Cleved on. If you would like to ta ke p a rt p lea se c a ll 01275 882 730 or em a il: g eta c tive@n- som erset.g ov.uk

3. It c a n b oost your m ood .

1. It's a g rea t wa y to exerc ise. 2. It's a c ha nc e to rela x.

4. It p rovid es a n op p ortunity to c onnec t with na ture. 5. It's free!

NOTICE Portishead Floral Art Society would like to notify members of the rescheduling of an event In November an evening with national demonstrator Jonathan Moseley had to be cancelled due to circumstances beyond anyone?s control

This event will now take place on 27th March at Somerset Hall starting at 7.15pm A professional florist for more than 27 years, Jonathan is known as one of the leading floral designers. He is guaranteed to thrill his audience with his amazing displays delivered with speed, efficiency and entertainment. Tickets purchased for the November event will be valid.

Further tickets are available costing £20. If you have any queries or enquiries please contact Nancy on 07968348116 or Alison on 01275 845322 13


SAFE TOYS FOR PETS By the tea m a t Wa tkins & Ta sker vets Around 70% of our c a nine a nd feline friend s rec eive g ifts over the festive p eriod b ut it?s im p orta nt to m a ke sure the g ifts a re sa fe b efore ha nd ing them over to your p et. Toys should p rovid e eng a g em ent for p ets, they c a n help them lea rn, sta y a c tive a nd a void b ored om . Pla y c a n a lso help reinforc e g ood b eha viour, so a d d ing toys to your p et?s toy b ox is d efinitely rec om m end ed . It?s a g ood id ea to rota te the toys on a reg ula r b a sis ensuring a va riety of d iffering sizes, sha p es a nd Photo:pAlan textures to keep p la y interesting for your et.Harrison Unfortuna tely, just b ec a use a toy is la b elled ?for p ets?, it d oesn?t g ua ra ntee it?s a sa fe c hoic e for your furry friend . We a d vise using a rep uta b le p et reta iler tha t sp ec ia lises in a nim a l item s when p urc ha sing for your p et a nd the b est a d vic e we c a n g ive is ensure a d eq ua te sup ervision is in p la c e a t a ll tim es. Here a re our sug g ested top toys:

For c a t s:

For d og s:

- Cha se: fishing rod typ e toys a nd b a lls - Sc ra tc h Posts: g enera lly wood en or c a rd b oa rd - Ca tnip : c a n b e g rea t to eng a g e p la y - Clim b ing : c a t c lim b ing trees - Sea rc h/ Intera c tive: rolling food / trea t d isp enser, c a t food trees, c a t g ra ss

- Tug Toys: c ha ser tug s, rop e tug s, b a ll a nd rop e tug s - Retrieve/ Cha se: tra ining d um m y tug s, b a lls, flirt p oles - Sea rc h/ Intera c tive: liki m a ts, snuffle m a ts, kong s, p uzzle g a m es, rolling food d isp ensers

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WALK IN? THE DOG By Steve Ha rp er, osteop a th a nd d irec tor a t Wa lnut g rove Clinic in Portishea d

I ha ve severa l fa vourite d og wa lks in Portishea d , from the la rg e op en field s a nd g olf c ourse nea r the Wind m ill to the wood s nea r the La ke Ground s or m oving a little further a field , Belm ont Wood s in Fa ila nd a nd Leig h Wood s.

The p urp le route ta kes you throug h the old p a rish wa ll where you m ig ht see som e d ens tha t p revious wa lkers ha ve b uilt, whic h our c hild ren loved to p la y in when they were young er - in fa c t they p rob a b ly still would !

Our d og Rufus is a n eig ht- yea r- old Eng lish sp ring er sp a niel, who loves to b e off lea d so he c a n ha ve a p rop er ?c la ssic sp a niel?zig a nd za g sniff a nd wa lk. He loves to b e in a nd out of the wood s so q uite often you?ll find us som ewhere like Leig h Wood s.

There a re som e off roa d c yc le tra c ks so d o keep a n eye out for c yc lists with your d og s.

Leig h Wood s is just off the A369 in Ab b ots Leig h. It is owned b y the Na tiona l Trust b ut the c a r p a rk is run b y Forestry Eng la nd so d on?t g et c a ug ht out without p a ying ! It only c osts £2 so it's not too exp ensive to visit. Orig ina lly owned b y Wills Esta te, it wa s ?g ifted ?to the Na tiona l Trust in 1909 in ord er to p rotec t this a m a zing p la c e a nd to b e used b y everyone. There a re severa l tra ils a round Leig h Wood s, whic h a re c olour c od ed too - red , p urp le, b lue. We tend to ta ke the p urp le tra il whic h is a c irc ula r wa lk with a m ix of surfa c ed p a ths a nd g ra ss. It is suita b le for a ll a g es inc lud ing those with m ob ility sc ooters a nd g rea t for those with young er c hild ren a s it is a g entler 1.5 m ile route. Whilst the route is rela tively short, when you ha ve a d og tha t loves to run in a nd out of the trees a nd lea ves, you c a n ea sily b e out for well over a n hour or you c a n switc h p a ths a long the wa y to m a ke it long er a nd find new thing s. It c a n b e q uite m ud d y a t tim es d uring the lovely British wea ther!

Dep end ing whic h wa y you wa lk you m ig ht c om e a c ross Stokeleig h Ca m p , a n Iron Ag e hill fort d a ting from a round 300 BC whic h sits nea rly 300ft a b ove the River Avon a nd is a b out 7.5 a c res. This is ea sier to find from the north entra nc e. If you a re into your trees then Leig h Wood s is p erfec t a s there a re a num b er of d ifferent trees here, inc lud ing a nc ient yews, ra re whiteb ea m s, m onolith b eec h a nd oa k to find a long the d ifferent routes a nd for wild life, you m a y c om e a c ross b a ts, d eer, foxes a nd m a ny d ifferent b ird s. It is one of m y fa vourite wa lks b ec a use it never feels overly b usy a nd you c a n va ry your route ea c h tim e you g o, seeing d ifferent thing s. It is esp ec ia lly a m a zing when you rea c h the ed g e of the g org e a nd overlook the wond erful c ity of Bristol b ut feel like you a re still in the c ountrysid e.

If you ha ve a fa vorite d og w a lk you w ould like to sha re p lea se em a il ed itor.enjoyp ortishea d @g m a il.com

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WHO IS NIGEL DANDO? Tra c ey Fowler m et up with the form er BBC c hief rep orter to find out a b out his c a reer a nd d isc over how he ha s not yet g iven up on his sister?s killer b eing b roug ht to justic e Born in Weston, Nig el Da nd o, who now lives in Portishea d , sp ent m ost of his c a reer working in m ed ia b efore retiring in 2017. His c a reer b eg a n when he d ec id ed , a t the a g e of a round 17, university wa sn?t for him . His fa ther sp otted a n a d vert for a tra inee rep orter with the Weston Merc ury, the sister p a p er to wha t is now the North Som erset Tim es a nd sug g ested he a p p lied . Nig el g ot the job a nd thus b eg a n a c a reer in news rep orting . A while a fter c om p leting his tra ining he m oved to the Bristol Evening Post, a m uc h b ig g er p a p er with severa l d ifferent d a ily ed itions, b efore b eing offered the job a s a n a rea rep orter for BBC Ra d io Bristol where he la ter b ec a m e the sta tion?s c hief rep orter. Nig el?s sister a lso forg ed a suc c essful c a reer in m ed ia sta rting a t the Weston Merc ury, tha t sister b eing Jill Da nd o who wa s shoc king ly shot a nd killed on the d oorstep of her Fulha m hom e in Ap ril 1999. Nig el wa s rec ently involved in the d oc um enta ry, Who Killed Jill Da nd o? It wa s relea sed ea rlier this yea r a nd is c urrently a va ila b le to strea m on Netflix. Nig el wa s still a rep orter for the Post when he hea rd the d rea d ful news his sister ha d b een killed , she wa s just 37. Jill, who ha d a lso sta rted her m ed ia c a reer a t the Weston Merc ury, wa s b y then a well known news p resenter a nd host of the BBC?s Crim ewa tc h p rog ra m m e. In 2000 p olic e a rrested Ba rry Georg e who wa s sub seq uently c onvic ted of Jill?s m urd er; he wa s however a c q uitted in 2008. Sinc e then the q uestion ha s rem a ined , if Ba rry Georg e d id n?t kill Jill who d id ? Over the yea rs Nig el ha s b een involved in m a ny interviews, p rog ra m m es a nd d oc um enta ries a b out Jill?s d ea th in the hop e it will p rom p t som eone to c om e forwa rd with inform a tion tha t c ould lea d to find ing her killer. He sa id : ?I rea lise we?re nea rly 25 yea rs on b ut I d o these interviews to rem ind p eop le tha t Jill?s killer is still a t la rg e. I d on?t think a ny p ub lic ity a b out the c irc um sta nc es surround ing her d ea th c a n b e a b a d thing , you live in hop e thing s like this la test Netflix d oc um enta ry m ig ht just jog som eone?s m em ory a b out som ething sig nific a nt tha t ha p p ened the d a y Jill wa s killed a nd p rom p t them to c om e 16 forwa rd .?

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In the d oc um enta ry, Nig el rec a lls how thousa nd s of p eop le lined the streets of Weston on the d a y of her funera l. He sa id : ?Weston just stop p ed .? As we finished our c up s of c offee, b efore b id d ing Nig el fa rewell I c ould n?t help b ut a sk if he?d m issed journa lism sinc e his retirem ent a nd if he still d oes a ny news rep orting in a ny sha p e or form . Whilst he sa id no, he d id exp la in he ha s b een involved in a p rojec t involving Jill Da nd o News Centres in sc hools. He sa id : ?Jill a ttend ed Worle Sc hool a nd som e yea rs a g o the sc hool rec eived a d a m ning Ofsted rep ort. After tha t it wa s g iven a b it of a n overha ul a nd wa s


ta ken in to the ha nd s of the Priory Trust, und er whic h it wa s c om p letely turned a round . The trust wa nted to d o som ething to im p rove its im a g e, som ething p ositive a nd a lso wa nted to d o som ething in Jill?s m em ory a nd so they c a m e up with the id ea of a Jill Da nd o News Centre. Suc h wa s its suc c ess tha t it ha s now b een rolled out to a num b er of sc hools a nd hop efully it will c ontinue to g row a nd insp ire.? Jill wa s c la ssed a s a hug e loc a l suc c ess story with a c a reer tha t sa w her rise from a tra inee newsp a p er rep orter on the weekly Weston Merc ury to a news p resenter for BBC Ra d io Devon b efore p resenting a reg iona l news m a g a zine p rog ra m m e for BBC South West c a lled Sp otlig ht South West. In 1988 she m oved from reg iona l to na tiona l television in Lond on, p resenting BBC television news, Brea kfa st Tim e a nd p rog ra m m es tha t inc lud ed the tra vel p rog ra m m e, Holid a y a nd then in 1995, Crim ewa tc h. Stud ents from a c ross the The Priory Lea rning Trust (TPLT) now ta ke insp ira tion from her p ositive journa listic work a nd news c entres ha ve b een c rea ted in severa l sc hools. Every week p up ils a c ross a ll yea r g roup s m eet a t the Jill Da nd o News Centre in the hea rt of their sc hool to interview, write, p hotog ra p h, film a nd ed it the la test ?hot off the p ress? news. Unlike so m uc h of tod a y?s p ress, the journa lists follow one rule: every story m ust b e a p ositive a nd

insp iring one. They then p rod uc e their own m a g a zine, Good News Post a nd ha ve a Good News Post web site whic h fea tures a ll their la test news stories. Wha t a g rea t leg a c y!

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Birthday Parties

Cycling

Ballet

Thinking outside the box

Our own therapy dog

Cooking

JU ST SO M E O F T H E RE A SO N S W H Y P E O P L E C H O O SE T H E N U RSE RY

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Drama

Mindfulness

Hair Cuts

Community Engagement

Our own mini 18 bus for excursions

Trips out


NURSERY OPEN DAY The Nursery in Com b e Roa d invites fa m ilies to look a round its outsta nd ing setting If you a re looking for outsta nd ing c hild c a re our op en d a y p rovid es a g rea t op p ortunity for you to c om e a nd ha ve a look a round our outsta nd ing ea rly yea rs setting , m eet the tea m a nd a sk a ny q uestions you m a y ha ve without a ny ob lig a tion wha tsoever.

Our open day includes: - A guest visit by Baby Shark - A show around the premises - Free registration worth £105 for anyone registering on the day - Experts on hand to explain the new government funding for childcare for two-year-olds - A whole month of childcare free of charge between September and December 2024

Pr om ot i on

The Nursery is so m uc h m ore tha n a d a y c a re fa c ility, it sup p orts p a rents every step of the wa y d uring those im p orta nt first five yea rs with exp erts on ha nd to a d vise on everything from feed ing a nd sleep ing to g rowth a nd d evelop m ent. While p la y a nd fun a re a t the hea rt of everything we d o, this is und erp inned b y a fully d evelop ed ea rly yea rs c urric ulum for sc hool rea d iness tha t inc lud es p honic s a nd num era c y p rog ra m m es. If you a re c onsid ering c hild c a re, c om e a long a nd ta lk to us - we look forwa rd to m eeting you.

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NEW YEAR FOMO WITH DOWNSY Ac c ord ing to a ra nd om p oll I found on the internet, Ja nua ry is offic ia lly everyone?s lea st fa vourite m onth. Novem b er a nd Feb rua ry d on?t fa ir too well either b ut it?s Ja nua ry tha t g ets sa d d led with the a ssoc ia ted word ?b lues? ea c h yea r. Whether it?s the short d a ys, the c old er wea ther or the la c k of c heer a nd fund s a fter the festive p eriod , Ja nua ry sure is a strug g le for m a ny of us. For others it?s a n op p ortunity to sta rt fresh, forg et a b out la st yea r (a p a rt from p a ying your d rea d ed self- a ssessm ent ta x b ill b y the 31st) a nd g etting stuc k into those New Yea r?s resolutions. Mine a re the sa m e every yea r p retty m uc h?

Better Tim ekeep ing I?m la te for everything tha t d oesn?t ha ve a ?c ritic a l? tim e. Like I wa s never la te for a ra d io show a nd I?ve never m issed a kic k off, b ut if I know there is no c onseq uenc e a s suc h for b eing la te (a p a rt from a nnoying others) I will a lwa ys p ush the line, b ut I d on?t rea lly know why! When I d o a rrive som ewhere in p lenty of tim e, it?s so m uc h less stressful! My p la n is to lea ve 15 m inutes ea rlier for everything in 2024, a nd the rewa rd is I c a n g ra b a n extra c offee in the tim e I ha ve sp a re!

c hoic e, b ut I?ve b een trying to finish tha t b ook sinc e 2015! Insta g ra m , Fa c eb ook a nd the like seem to b e very a g a inst m e ever c om p leting tha t ta sk, even thoug h I?m fa r m ore interested in the c ontent in the b ook tha n on the soc ia ls a nd g et wa y less FOMO (fea r of m issing out)! But the m ost im p orta nt one for m e a nd p rob a b ly a lot of p eop le should b e ?

Look After Yourself! Ea t b etter, sleep well, exerc ise m ore a nd worry less a b out wha t other p eop le think! I wa s d ia g nosed with Typ e 2 Dia b etes in 2015 whic h wa s a rea l wa ke up c a ll. Following tha t I lost m ore tha n 30kg s a nd g ot b a c k into exerc ise to g et it und er c ontrol, b ut m a inta ining tha t b a la nc e is toug h. Menta l hea lth is a lso im p orta nt a nd g iving yourself the tim e to rest a nd rec ha rg e is key. Don?t feel g uilty a b out ha ving tha t 10- m inute sit d own, m a yb e even p ic k up a b ook. It?s a ll very ea sy to sa y, b ut in p ra c tic e I, like m a ny p eop le, find looking a fter m yself is the first thing tha t g oes out of the wind ow und er the stresses a nd stra ins of life. Must try ha rd er?

Rep ly To Messa g es Stra ig ht Awa y I a m AWFUL a t rep lying to non- urg ent m essa g es. In m y hea d I sa y, oh I?ll rep ly to tha t in a m inute, only for the m essa g e to d isa p p ea r off the b ottom of m y sc reen into the a b yss of other una nswered m essa g es, only found a g a in when I?m trying to find a nother unrela ted m essa g e further d own the sc reen.

Rea d More, Sc roll Less Before the invention of the sm a rt p hone, I would sp end m ost of m y d own tim e rea d ing , oka y, ?The History of Tin Mining in Cornwa ll? m ig ht not b e your

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DI D YOU K N OW ? 20 fun fac ts and interesting information about our High Street H ist o r y - The Hig h Street wa s form erly known a s Mill Street a nd Duc k Street a nd wa s onc e lined with a p p le a nd p ea r orc ha rd s. From the 1860s onwa rd s shop s were g ra d ua lly b uilt m ostly in Vic toria n tim es with som e Ed wa rd ia n a d d itions a nd a n a ssortm ent of 20th c entury b uild s. You c a n find out m ore a b out the history of Portishea d Hig h Street in the Gord a no Civic Soc iety?s Posset Piec es No 14 www.g ord a nosoc iety.org .uk

L ist ed B u ild ings - The Hig h Street is hom e to four listed b uild ing s: The Gra ng e a t 182, Bird Tree Cotta g e

owned a nd run b y the Coles fa m ily, b eg a n a s a

no. 156, The Fa rm House a t 117, Court House Fa rm a nd

ha ula g e firm in 1895 a t 62 Hig h Street b efore m oving

The Old Mill.

in to rep a irs a t its c urrent loc a tion. Mea nwhile F H Ha llid a y & Son ra n a m a intena nc e a nd c a rp entry

Fam ily B u sine sse s - There a re two fa m ily

b usiness, inc lud ing c rea ting c offins, a t its c urrent 115

b usinesses in our Hig h Street tha t ha ve b een

Hig h Street loc a tion in the 1800s b efore c a rrying out

op era ting for m ore tha n 100 yea rs. Tud or Ga ra g e,

full funera l servic es sta rting in 1880.

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ord ers for wond erfully

who, for m uc h of the week, works in the fra m ing d ep a rtm ent on the first floor of Ca reys, ha s a stud io in the ya rd a t the b a c k the shop . He offers one to one or g roup p ottery lessons in his stud io on Mond a ys a nd Tuesd a ys, p lus evening s a nd weekend s.

c rea ted c a kes a nd b oxes of c up c a kes for every oc c a sion.

Co u r t y ar d - The Old Ba kehouse Courtya rd is hom e to severa l ind ep end ent sm a ll b usinesses p rovid ing visitors with a va riety of exp erienc es from c offee a nd c a ke to ha ir a nd b ea uty trea tm ents, uniq ue g ift shop p ing to wellness a nd c a re.

E nv ir o nm ent a lly Fr iendly - Eb b & Flo g ift b outiq ue owner Cla ire Quinn c hooses her stoc k c a refully with thoug ht for her c ustom ers a nd for the environm ent. You?ll find environm enta lly friend ly a nd p lenty of veg a n friend ly g ood s in this shop .

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Po t t er y L e sso ns - Jorg e Ma ta

When you?re b uying a new TV from Freem a ns they offer you a tra d e in on your old one!

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Cat er ing - The Butc hers Ba kehouse offers a full b uffet c a tering servic e for lunc hes, p a rties a nd sp ec ia l oc c a sions.

Spec ia l Oc c asio n Cake s - The Big Kitc hen ta kes

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Sho e Co llec t io n - SoleLution c ollec ts a s new

Jazz Clu b - Cla renc e House in Portishea d Hig h

shoes for a vulnera b le c om m unity in Kenya , Afric a . Shop owner Ta nya Ma rriott a nd a g roup of volunteers visit the villa g e nea r Mom b a sa every Ja nua ry to d eliver a nd fit hund red s of p a irs of p re- worn shoes to c hild ren a t Jola ura b i Sc hool who a re sup p orted b y a c ha rity tha t is g iving them a ha nd up (not a ha nd out) throug h ed uc a tion.

Street is hom e to Sp ea kea sy Ja zz Club . At lea st onc e a m onth renowned loc a l p erform er a nd im p resa rio, Ka te Sherid a n a nd her p a rtner Fra n b ring m a ny of the b ig na m es of ja zz to Portishea d , a ttra c ting a ud ienc es from a ll c orners of the south west.

Sec r et G ar den - In fine wea ther you c a n exp erienc e a little b it of the Med iterra nea n in the sec ret g a rd en a t Veng a .

A c c o m m o dat io n - We ha ve a t lea st two B & B venues in the Hig h Street ? Veng a a nd The Poa c her.

Par c e ls - Fla g ship Boutiq ue is a n a g ent for Yod el so you c a n d rop off your p a rc els for return a nytim e d uring op ening hours.

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B adm int o n - Peop le c om e from fa r a nd wid e to

N ewsagent s - Portishea d used to ha ve a t lea st

p urc ha se b a d m inton ra c q uets from The Sp ort Shop . The shop ha s the b ig g est ra ng e of Yonex b a d m inton ra c q uets on the shelf in the south of Eng la nd . You c a n a lso g et ra c q uets restrung a t The Sp orts Shop .

three newsa g ents serving the Hig h Street, a ll op en a t the sa m e tim e; four if you c ount the one on Ca b sta nd , a t the b eg inning of the Hig h Street. Now it ha s none!

N ewspaper s - You c a n b uy newsp a p ers a t Ma x

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Minerva ?s Bookshop a t 28- 30 Hig h Street.

A nt o nio?s - Antonio?s Resta ura nt re- op ens this m onth a s ta kea wa y, still serving a uthentic Ita lia n food .

P ho t o c o py ing - Nortec h Com p uters a t 10 Hig h Street offers a p hotoc op ying servic e a nd p hoto p rinting . upsplash image

Chir o pr ac t ic - Exp lore the a lley wa y b etween Dyer & Sc ott op tic ia ns a nd DIY Elec tric a l a nd you will find Moose Ha ll Chirop ra c tic a nd Wellness.

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How d o you like your eg g s in the m orning ? Well, a t Wa itrose c a fe on the p ia zza you c a n enjoy them c ooked a s you like, sc ra m b led p oa c hed a nd fried on toa st, in a roll or a s p a rt of a full Eng lish b rea kfa st of c ooked m ushroom s, vine tom a toes, sa usa g es, b a c on a nd b ea ns. If you p refer som ething lig hter you c a n sta rt the d a y with a b owl of wa rm ing p orrid g e or a fla ky c roissa nt, either wa y the selec tion is g ood a nd the c offee is g rea t.

Whether you like to sta rt the d a y with sa usa g e eg g a nd b a c on or sm oked sa lm on a nd sc a m b led eg g s, Aq ua ha s a n extensive m enu for the sta rt of ea c h d a y. They strive to use org a nic loc a l p rod uc e whenever they c a n a nd let's not forg et the loc a tion, with views over the m a rina . Brea kfa st is served b etween 9a m a nd m id d a y, b ut if you ha ve som ething to c eleb ra te you c ould c onsid er their b ottom less b runc h, served Sa turd a ys b etween 10 a nd 2p m .

Everything is c ooked to ord er a nd served very effic iently with g luten free op tions a s well a s veg eta ria n. There is som ething for everyone.

Pric es sta rt a t £3.50 if you fa nc y a p a in a u c hoc ola te or b utter c roissa nt a nd they d o offer g luten free b rea d for those who p refer.

HEAVEN ON THE HILL Provid ing d elic ious tra d itiona l British b rea kfa sts, a s well a s lunc hes, hom em a d e c a kes, p a nc a kes a nd a ra ng e of d ifferent sna c ks, Hea ven on The Hill a t the top of Avon Wa y rec ently c eleb ra ted its 10th yea r in b usiness. Run b y Sa m a nd Vic ki, friend s of a lm ost 40 yea rs, you will find a wa rm welc om e a wa iting you a nd your c a nine friend s. Cooking to ord er, a tra d itiona l full Eng lish b rea kfa st is a sp ec ia lity a t Hea ven on the Hill with veg eta ria n a nd veg a n op tions too. Sa m a nd Vic ki a re a lso ha p p y to c a ter for those with a llerg ies a nd offer low fa t a lterna tives. Find them on Fa c eb ook, just p op in or c a ll 01275 818109.

Often overlooked a s a venue for m eeting with friend s a nd ha ving hot food a nd d rinks, Portishea d Youth Centre Ca fe offers a friend ly welc om e a nd a hea rty b rea kfa st, a s well a s lunc hes. Choose from a selec tion of b rea kfa st sa nd wic hes, toa sted tea c a kes, sc ra m b led eg g s or b ea ns on toa st, or keep it sim p le with toa st a nd ja m . Sta rting a t just £1.20 for toa st, it's extrem ely g ood va lue for m oney. They offer a selec tion of freshly b rewed c offees a nd tea s inc lud ing som e sp ec ia lty tea s. For m ore inform a tion visit www.p ortishea d youthc entre.c o.uk/ the- c a fe

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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY Events and activities happening in our town 13th Ja nua ry

FOCUS

GIG GEAR SALE

The Ja nua ry m eeting of Wed nesd a y Foc us a t Red c liffe Ba y Method ist Churc h, in Queen's Roa d , Portishea d a t 2.30p m , will b e a lig ht hea rted event with a selec tion of b oa rd g a m es to help you rec over from the Chrism a s a nd New Yea r festivities. Everyone is welc om e to a ny m eeting , just turn up .

Another g rea t event a t the Poa c her p ub in Portishea d Hig h Street is a m usic a l instrum ent a nd g ig g ea r sa le. It sta rts a t 10.30a m . Sellers £5 p er ta b le. Conta c t Glen via the Ba nd s On in Portishea d Fa c eb ook p a g e for m ore d eta ils. upsplash image

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17th Ja nua ry PROBUS CLUB Portishea d Prob us Club (form erly Prob us73) will hold its first m eeting of the New Yea r a t Cla renc e House in Portishea d 's Hig h Street from m id d a y. There will b e a n hour of soc ia lising in the b a r, followed b y lunc h whic h will b e served a t 1p m . After lunc h there will b e a fa sc ina ting ta lk from Bob Buc k entitled ?Bird s a nd Sa nc tua ries, Ha m Wa ll Reserve?. If you would like to find out m ore a b out a b out Portishea d Prob us Club p lea se c onta c t Ma tt Westley on 01275 269005 .

20th Ja nua ry BARN DANCE Portishea d Rota ry Club is hold ing its a nnua l New Yea r Ba rn Da nc e a t Som erset Ha ll in The Prec inc t, sta rting a t 7.30p m . Live m usic will b e p rovid ed b y loc a l b a nd Hig hly Strung with c a ller - the ever p op ula r, Jill Elliot.

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3rd Decem b er

Tic kets c ost £12.50 ea c h, whic h inc lud es a p loug hm a n?s sup p er, a va ila b le from Ma x Minerva ?s Bookshop a nd Nortec h Com p uters, b oth on Portishea d Hig h Street. Proc eed s from the event will sup p ort p rojec ts a nd a c tivities in the loc a l c om m unity.

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24th Ja nua ry BOP CLUB Ba nd s On in Portishea d b ring s you a new venture for 2024 with a n op en m ic / ja m nig ht tha t invites everyone to join in, whether you p la y g uita r, keys, d rum s or sing - they wa nt you! The first of this hop efully reg ula r event ta kes p la c e a t the Poa c her p ub in Portishea d Hig h Street from 7p m , hosted b y Glenn a nd Mike. This is op en to a ll levels of exp erienc e so if you're just sta rting out tha t's fine, its a g rea t wa y to g et involved a nd ha ve fun, while m eeting m eet new p eop le with sim ia lr interests. Join the BOP Club c ha t on Ba nd s On in Portishea d for m ore d eta ils

26th Ja nua ry GETHIN LIDDINGTON'S GOOD KATZ Sp ea kea sy Ja zz Club a t Cla renc e House in Portishea d Hig h Street p la ys host to Gethin Lid d ing ton?s Good ka tz. Trum p et p la yer extra ord ina ire Gethin ha s a hug e p ed ig ree. He is one of the m ost soug ht- a fter ja zz m usic ia ns in the c ountry, m a king reg ula r a p p ea ra nc es a t Ronnie Sc ott?s. Good Ka tz, is a five p iec e b a nd with its own d istinc tive style, with influenc es from Louis Arm strong to Dizzy Gillesp ie a nd Dixiela nd to Ma instrea m . Versa tile a nd exc iting , a trea t for a ll ja zz lovers these som ething for everyone. Joining Gethin will b e the eq ua lly form id a b le Ceri Rees on sa xes a nd c la rinet , a hug e ta lent who p la ys a t a ll the m a jor festiva ls a nd is m usic a l d irec tor of the Ca p itol City Ja zz Orc hestra a nd the RWCMD Big Ba nd ; virtuoso p ia nist Ric ha rd West; Rob in Ha m es on d oub le b a ss a nd hug ely p op ula r d rum m er Greg Eva ns. Doors op en a t 7p m for the show a t 8p m . Ad m ission is £20 with no m em b ership req uired . For a d va nc ed tic ket sa les c a ll Ka te Sherid a n 01275 848391or em a il ka tesp ea kea sy@hotm a il.c o.uk

27th Ja nua ry

WRESTLING Form er WWE sta r a nd c ruserweig ht c ha m p ion Bria n Kend ric k will b e live a t Portishea d ?s Som erset Ha ll for a n a c tion p a c ked nig ht of live p rofessiona l wrestling , a long with fa vourties inc lud ing Sa im e Sa hin, Tig er Ali, Hea vyweig ht Cha m p ion Lee Hunter, RJ Sing h, Na d ia Sa p p hire, 4FW Junior hea vyweig ht c ha m p ion Joey Sc ott p lus m a ny m ore. Doors op en a t 6.30p m with the show sta rting a t 7p m . Tic kets from £7.21a re a va ila b le from Eventb rite.

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR Pop ula r events ta king p la c e in Portishea d in 2024 9th March PORTISHEAD SPRING SHOW Portishea d Sp ring Show, org a nised b y Portishea d a nd Distric t Hortic ultura l Soc iety, invites everyone from a c ross the c om m unity to join in with c la sses for a ll a g es a nd a b ilities. Sc hed ules a re on sa le in loc a l shop s from ea rly Ja nua ry. Loc a tion: Folk Ha ll, Hig h Street

23rd March SWIMATHON Org a nised b y Portishea d Rota ry Club this is a p op ula r fund ra ising event tha t sees swim m ers from sc hool c hild ren to senior c itizens swim in rela y for 35 m inute slots ra ising m oney for g ood c a uses. Loc a tion: Pa rish Wha rf Leisure Centre

29th March - 14th April EASTER TRAIL Org a nised a nd sp onsored b y SoleLution fa m ily footwea r store - sc our the Hig h Street shop wind ows for letters tha t will help you c om p lete a m essa g e on the entry form a va ila b le from SoleLution. £1to enter with p roc eed s to Ed uc a te the Kid s c ha rity ? p rizes to b e won!

26th May EAT FESTIVAL Ea t:Portishea d is a free event op en to a ll - a festiva l p a c ked with sta lls offering loc a l p rod uc e from b rea d s, c heeses a nd m ea ts to wines a nd p reserves - op en from 10a m - 4p m . Loc a tion: Pa rish Wha rf/ q ua ysid e/ m a rina

8th - 9th June PORTISHEAD IN BLOOM OPEN GARDENS Visit p riva te a nd va ried g a rd ens a c ross Portishea d . A fund ra ising event org a nised b y Portishea d in Bloom , whic h keep s Portishea d looking its b est a ll yea r round . Prog ra m m es will b e a va ila b le in loc a l shop s from ea rly Ma y. www.p ortishea d inb loom .org .uk

20th July BIG PICNIC A c om m unity p ic nic a t Jub ilee Pa rk hosted b y Portishea d in Bloom . Ta ke your rug a nd p ic nic , your hosts will p rovid e the enterta inm ent!

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27th - 28th July PORTISHEAD SUM M ER SHOW A sp ec ta c ula r two d a y event c om b ining a tra d itiona l flower show a nd c ountry fa ir with live m usic , sp orts, fun a nd g a m es to p rovid e enterta inm ent for a ll a g es a nd a ll interests. Sc hed ules will b e a va ila b le from m a ny loc a l shop s a nd online a t www.p ortishea d sum m ershow.c om from 9th Ma rc h. Loc a tion: Show Field , Cla p ton La ne (op p osite Gord a no Sc hool)

10th August EAT FESTIVAL Ea t:Portishea d will see the m a rina lined with sta lls offering a g rea t ra ng e of food a nd d rink from loc a l p rod uc ers, a long sid e street food a nd enterta inm ent from 10a m - 4p m . Loc a tion: Qua ysid e/ Pa rish Wha rf

28th - 29th September ARTPORT - PORTISHEAD ARTS FESTIVAL WEEKEND Celeb ra ting the a rts a t venues a c ross Portishea d Artp ort offers exhib itions, workshop s, p erform a nc es a nd m uc h m ore. www.p ortishea d a rtsfestiva l.org

10th November REM EM BRANCE PARADE Portishea d ?s p a ra d e will fa ll in a round 10.30a m a t the Hig h Street junc tion with Stoke Roa d . After a servic e a nd two- m inute silenc e a t 11a m , the p a ra d e will m a rc h to St Peter?s Churc h.

25th November PORTISHEAD CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH ON Portishea d Christm a s lig hts will b e switc hed in the Hig h Street on a fter a c ountd own sp ec ta c ula r from 6.15p m c onc lud ing with a short firework d isp la y a t 6.45p m . www.p ortishea d c hristm a slig hts.c o.uk

8th December POSSET MARKET (Date to be confirmed) Portishea d Hig h Street will b e filled with sta lls to g ive Portishea d its?very own Christm a s m a rket from 2- 6p m . A fund ra ising event for Portishea d Christm a s Lig hts. www.p ortishea d c hristm a slig hts.c o.uk

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NEVER JUDGE A BOOK... Tracie Fry discovers the human side of finance Growing up in the 70?s it wa s not unusua l to see p rofessiona ls wea ring suits - la wyers, solic itors, b a nkers, they would a ll wea r a suit to work. Rig htly or wrong ly, to m e, a g rown- up in a suit a lwa ys m ea nt serious b usiness full stop .

ea se im m ed ia tely a nd soon we were c ha tting a b out thing s we ha d in c om m on. He listened c a refully to wha t I ha d to sa y a b out m y fina nc ia l hop es for the future, whic h ena b led him to see where there m a y b e p it fa lls a nd where I Sa ra a nd Ric ha rd Powell c ould im p rove m y fina nc es m oving forwa rd . His knowled g e c a m e throug h in c onversa tion a nd g a ve m e inc rea sed c onfid enc e. Like m e Ric h is a p a rent, a p a rtner a nd som eone?s c hild ? he ha s a sense of hum our, a sense of resp onsib ility a nd und er tha t suit he is very hum a n. I?m so p lea sed I?ve found a serious b ut p ersona b le p rofessiona l who I g et on well with a nd trust to help m e m a na g e m y fina nc es in ord er to a c hieve m y long term g oa ls.

Ric h Powell, who runs Powell & Assoc ia tes Fina nc ia l Pla nning with his wife Sa ra , a d vertises with Enjoy a nd so I a sked him to visit m e to d isc uss m y fina nc ia l future. I?d seen p hotos of Ric h in his suit a nd a utom a tic a lly thoug ht: ?serious p rofessiona l?. It's ea sy to forg et a b out the hum a n sid e of those we see c a rrying out im p orta nt b usiness a nd for som e rea son we a re then surp rised when we see b eyond the ?uniform ?or suit. This is exa c tly wha t ha p p ened when Ric h c a m e to visit m e. It a ll seem ed a b it too g rown- up for m e to b e thinking a b out m y fina nc ia l future, I ha d b een p utting this c onversa tion off for yea rs a nd now I wish I ha d n?t. Yes, Ric h a rrived in a sm a rt suit, b ut d on?t think I m issed those c olourful soc ks! His sm ile p ut m e a t

NEXT MONTH ? Ca p ita l Ga ins Ta x c ha ng es in 2024/ 25!

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I N SPI R I N G R EA D S By Liv, m a na g er a t Ma x Minerva ?s Bookshop in Portishea d Hig h Street At Ma x Minerva ?s we see the New Yea r a s a c ha nc e to rec over from the b usy p eriod a nd m a yb e try our ha nd a t som ething new. For a ll you resolution p eop le, here a re som e of our g o- to rec om m end a tions for ta king 2024 b y storm !

TRY A N EW FOOD

TRY A N EW COUN TRY

Mea t- Free Mowg li - Nisha Ka tona

Your Trip Sta rts Here - Lonely Pla net

Who d oesn?t love a c urry? Mowg li Resta ura nt is b eloved for its fla vour a nd a uthentic ity a nd now they ha ve their m ea t- free c ookb ook rea d y for you to try a t hom e! Whether you?re looking to sp end 2024 exp loring new c uisine, or trying to ea t a little hea lthier tha n in Dec em b er (no jud g em ent, those p ota toes a re tem p ting !), this is the one for you!

We a lwa ys sp end Ja nua ry wa nting to b e a nywhere b ut the UK, so wha t b etter wa y to sp end the c old wet evening s tha n p la nning your next a d venture? From c ity- b rea ks to m ounta in skylines, Your Trip Sta rts Here offers 50 ep ic journeys a c ross the world for a ll holid a y- typ es.

TRY A N EW MIN DSET

TRY A N EW HOBBY

Big Ma g ic - Eliza b eth Gilb ert

Lost La nes West - Ja c k Thurston

The interna tiona lly b estselling a uthor of Ea t, Pra y, Love returns with her insp ira tiona l g uid e on how to rejec t fea r a nd em b ra c e c rea tivity a nd joy. Whether it?s fina lly ta king your c rea tive d rea m s seriously, overc om ing worries a t work, or just m a king your everyd a y life m ore rewa rd ing , Gilb ert will enc oura g e, a d vise, a nd c eleb ra te rig ht a long sid e you. Lea ve your worries in 2023, a nd m a rc h into 2024 with joy!

For a ll of us trying to exerc ise a little m ore this yea r, why not a lso m a ke it fun! Lost La nes West is full of exc iting c yc le routes a round the West Country, from the sea sid e la nes of Cornwa ll a nd Devon to the forg otten tra c ks of Som erset a nd Wiltshire. It va ries in leng th a nd d iffic ulty so you c a n ta ke it a s fa r a s you like. Tra ffic - free roa d s a lso m a ke m a ny fa m ily- friend ly, so g ra b a c op y a nd g et p la nning your next d a y out!

Ma x Minerva ?s Bookshop ha s just c eleb ra ted its sec ond Christm a s on the Hig h Street a nd would like to tha nk everyone for suc h wond erful sup p ort. Com e on in a nd find your next fa vourite rea d ! 33


A N E W YEA R W I T H H E I DI Heid i Loug hlin ta lks a b out exp loring the w orld und erw a ter

Portishea d m um , a uthor, m otiva tiona l sp ea ker a nd insura nc e b roker g ives us food for thoug ht a s she ta kes a fresh a p p roa c h to 2024

We sp end every New Yea r thinking wha t we?re g oing to d o to b etter ourselves a nd a c tua lly, if we?re honest, m ost of the tim e our resolutions ha ve g one out with the rec yc ling b y Feb rua ry, lea ving us feeling a s thoug h we?ve fa iled .

So for 2024 I?ve d ec id ed I?m g oing to foc us on wha t not to d o a nd I?m g oing to try a nd c a re less. I rea lise tha t m ig ht seem a b it stra ng e b ut let?s think a b out this? There?s a lot to b e sa id for m a king your c irc le sm a ller a nd I d on?t I d on?t just m ea n in term s of friend s a nd a c q ua inta nc es, I m ea n with a ll the thing s you ha ve g oing on from work to kid s, keep ing the house tid y a nd c ooking hea lthy nutritious m ea ls etc , it a ll a d d s to our m enta l loa d . So, I vow to not fixa te on others? op inions or sub m it to the rules of how we think we a re m ea nt to b e. I?m a lso g oing to p ut m yself first m ore.

The end of Dec em b er is p ep p ered with p la ns to ea t less a nd m ove m ore ? unsurp rising when we?ve survived on Ba ileys, c heese a nd turkey in va rious g uises for the p a st two weeks. Da y to d a y I?m a b usy fool - I rush a round c ontinuously seem ing to a c hieve very little, then when there?s a setb a c k, ie. a two- week stint in hosp ita l, it kic ks everything out of touc h a nd I?m stressed .

Wha t d o I enjoy? Wha tever I c om e up with, I?ll b e d oing m ore of tha t! Why c a n?t the kid s ea t c hic ken nug g ets onc e a week ra ther tha n a m ea l c ooked from sc ra tc h? Onc e a week isn?t g oing to hurt is it? So for m e 2024 is g oing to b e less worrying , less over- thinking a nd less sa ying yes.

Ha p p y New Yea r!

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Ha nd p ic ked , unm issa b le holid a y sa ving s from your Tra vel Counsellor With a n eye for va lue a nd q ua lity a nd a c c ess to thousa nd s of tra vel p a rtners a round the world , Tra vel Counsellor Ella Pric e ha s b een b usy unea rthing som e of the b est luxury holid a y d ea ls a round to help you find the p erfec t 2024 holid a y. Here a re a just a few exa m p les. If it?s a d ose of winter sunshine you?re looking for, how a b out a week- long sta y a t the g org eous Jum eira h Za b eel Sa ra y. One of our top fa m ily rec om m end a tions in Dub a i, it ha s a n im p ressive infinity p ool, a kid s?c lub , a n op ulent a nd a wa rd - winning sp a , a nd fa nta stic food . There?s a lso a p riva te b ea c h where you c a n rela x or try your ha nd a t ka ya king or wa ter- skiing . As well a s a wid e ra ng e of wa ter sp orts, you?ll b e a b le to m a ke g ood use of other sp orts fa c ilities inc lud ing flood lit tennis c ourts, b ea c h volleyb a ll a nd b ea c h tennis, while junior g uests m ig ht like to m a ke new friend s in the kid s?c lub with its wa ter p a rk a nd fun a c tivities ra ng ing from roc k- c lim b ing to c ookery lessons. Boa t tra nsfers from the resort?s jetty to Dub a i Ma rina p rovid e ea sy a c c ess to nea rb y world - c la ss g olf c ourses, them e p a rks a nd tra d itiona l souks, so there rea lly is som ething for everyone. If you?re looking for som ething a little c loser to hom e - a seven nig ht Med iterra nea n c ruise with the kid s c ould g ive you a ll a fa b ulous trea t to look forwa rd to in the sp ring with a holid a y a b oa rd the a m a zing Oa sis of the Sea s a s she sa ils the Western Med iterra nea n on a round - trip from Ba rc elona . Roya l Ca rib b ea n?s ship s ha ve thrilling a c tivities on b oa rd , a n a wa rd - winning kid s' c lub , d ed ic a ted sp a c es for teens to ha ng out a nd m a ke new friend s, a nd a va st a rra y of d ining op tions. In Ma llorc a , b ook a b oa t tour of the c oa stline for the

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b est views of its b ea c hes a nd c a ves, or sig n up for a n exc ursion to the fa m ous Ca ves of Dra c h in Porto Cristo. In Ma rseille you c ould g o ka ya king in the fjord - like Ca la nq ues Na tiona l Pa rk, while in Pisa if you fa nc y c lim b ing the 251step s up the sp ec ta c ula r Lea ning Tower, m a ke sure you b ook a hea d . While exp loring Rom e, m a ke tim e to ta ste som e a uthentic c uc ina rom a na , suc h a s b ra ised a rtic hokes, sp a g hetti a lla c a rb ona ra , or thin- c rusted p izza a nd when in Na p les, hop p ing a b oa rd a tra in then a short b us rid e to the top of Mount Vesuvius is a m ust, b efore touring the ruins of Pom p eii. Or here?s one for Ma m m a Mia fa ns... isla nd hop from Skia thos to Skop elos a nd see the fa m ous sig hts fea tured in Ma m m a Mia d uring a 10 nig ht Greec e twin c entre sta y with a whole va riety of a c c om m od a tion typ es a va ila b le. We ha ve so m a ny d ifferent loc a tions a nd holid a y typ es to c hoose from a nd we?ll ta ilor ea c h trip esp ec ia lly for you. If you would like to find out m ore a b out the long list of luxury holid a y d ea ls I ha ve a va ila b le p lea se c onta c t m e. Em a il: ella .p rice@tra velcounsellors.com Tel: 01452 290029 Mob ile: 07823 407620 Ella Price - Tra vel Counsellor thetra velg uruella

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BUIL D ING A POSITIVE SCH ED UL E Trina Ga zza rd offers a d vic e on c ultiva ting new ha b its for suc c ess in 2024 As the New Yea r unfold s, m a ny of us a re ea g er to m a ke p ositive c ha ng es in our lives. One p owerful wa y to d o this is b y c rea ting a p ositive sc hed ule filled with ha b its tha t c ontrib ute to our well- b eing a nd suc c ess. Here a re som e key step s to help you b uild a p ositive sc hed ule: 1. Reflec t on You r Goa ls: Sta rt b y reflec ting on your long - term a nd short- term g oa ls. Wha t d o you wa nt to a c hieve in the c om ing yea r? Whether it?s im p roving your hea lth, a d va nc ing your c a reer, or c ultiva ting m ea ning ful rela tionship s, und ersta nd ing your g oa ls will g uid e your sc hed uling d ec isions. 2.Priorit ise Self- Ca re: Ma ke self- c a re a non- neg otia b le p a rt of your d a ily routine, whether tha t?s exerc ise, m ed ita tion, or sim p ly ta king a b rea k to rec ha rg e. 3. Crea t e a Morn in g Rou t in e: Beg in your d a y with p urp ose b y esta b lishing a m orning routine. This c ould involve a c tivities suc h a s journa ling , rea d ing , or p ra c tic ing m ind fulness. A p ositive m orning routine sets a p ositive tone for the rest of the d a y. 4 . Tim e Bloc k in g : Org a nize your d a y b y im p lem enting tim e b loc king . Alloc a te sp ec ific b loc ks of tim e for d ifferent a c tivities, this help s in m a inta ining foc us a nd p rod uc tivity. 5. In c orp ora t e Brea k s: Brea ks a re essentia l for m a inta ining p rod uc tivity a nd p reventing b urnout.

7. Lim it Dist ra c t ion s: Id entify a nd m inim ise d istra c tions tha t hind er your p rod uc tivity. This m a y involve setting sp ec ific tim es for c hec king em a ils or soc ia l m ed ia . 8. Ev en in g W in d - Dow n : istock.com: artplus

End your d a y with a wind - d own routine to sig na l to your b od y a nd m ind tha t it?s tim e to rela x. This c ould inc lud e a c tivities like rea d ing , p ra c tic ing g ra titud e, or p rep a ring for the next d a y. 9. W eek ly Pla n n in g Session s: Ta ke tim e ea c h week to p la n a nd review your sc hed ule. Assess wha t worked well a nd wha t c a n b e im p roved . Ad just your ha b its a nd sc hed ule a c c ord ing ly to sta y on tra c k with your g oa ls. 10. Flexib ilit y a n d Ad a p t a b ilit y : Und ersta nd tha t life is d yna m ic a nd unexp ec ted events m a y oc c ur so b e flexib le. The a b ility to a d just while m a inta ining a p ositive m ind set is key to long - term suc c ess. By c onsc iously c rea ting a nd a d hering to a p ositive sc hed ule, you la y the found a tion for a suc c essful a nd fulfilling yea r. Consistent ha b its lea d to p ositive outc om es A c om b ina tion of p syc hothera p y a nd hyp nothera p y c a n b e tra nsform ing a nd help c lients to rea lise new p ersp ec tives a nd horizons. If you need help to m a ke c ha ng es a nd b uild a p ositive sc hed ule I will b e p lea sed to help .

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6. Est a b lish Hea lt h y Ha b it s: Tel: 01275 316655 Integ ra te hea lthy ha b its into your d a ily sc hed ule, suc h a s reg ula r exerc ise, b a la nc ed m ea ls, a nd suffic ient sleep .

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SHEDDING THOSE EXTRA POUNDS A New Yea r m essa g e from your loc a l Slim m ing World c onsulta nts So tha t?s it then, a nother festive sea son c om es to a n end - with a ll those extra g ood ies a nd nib b les a round , d id Sa nta lea ve a n extra p ound or two in your stoc king ? Don?t worry if he d id - Slim m ing World is here to help you g et rid of them for g ood a nd help you shed a ny extra p ound s to g et you sum m er rea d y. Yes tha t m a y seem a long wa y off, b ut when the sun c om es out a nd those b ea c hes a re b ec koning , you?ll b e p lea sed you thoug ht a hea d ! We a ll love food a nd the g rea t thing a b out Slim m ing World is you c a n still enjoy a ll your fa vourite food s, nothing is b a nned a nd it?s just so ea sy - sp a g hetti b olog nese, stea k a nd c hip s, om elettes, full Eng lish b rea kfa st, Sund a y d inners... a nd of c ourse a g la ss of wine, p a c ket of c risp s or a b a r or c hoc ola te ?they?re a ll on the m enu! You?ll never need to feel d ep rived a nd you?ll c erta inly never b e hung ry. We ha ve Slim m ing World g roup s running on m ost d a ys in a nd a round the Portishea d a rea so if you?re looking to lose weig ht, we a re here to help . Mea nwhile, soup sea son is here a nd Slim m ing World ha s nine fa nta stic soup rec ip es for you to try.

Method Put the onion, c a rrots, c elery a nd g a rlic in a la rg e non- stic k sa uc ep a n. Pour in the stoc k a nd b ring to the b oil over a hig h hea t. Red uc e the hea t to low a nd sim m er for 20 m inutes or until the veg eta b les a re soft. Ad d the fresh tom a toes, c a nned tom a toes, p a ssa ta , red p ep p er a nd tom a to p urée a nd sim m er for 10 m inutes. Rem ove from the hea t a nd a d d the b a sil, reserving a few lea ves. Blitz until sm ooth with a stic k b lend er (or use a food p roc essor a nd return to the p a n). Sea son to ta ste a nd d ivid e b etween b owls. Chop the rem a ining b a sil a nd sc a tter over the b owls to serve. From c la ssic hea lthy m ea ls to the la test m ust- try d ishes ? Slim m ing World rec ip es a re g rea t for weig ht loss. As a m em b er, you c a n d isc over hund red s m ore rec ip e id ea s on the Slim m ing World web site a nd even m ore on the m em b ers- only a p p . Visit w w w .slim m ing w orld .c o.uk to find out m ore

Whether you?re looking for a sa tisfying sta rter, lunc h on the g o or a c om forting d inner, nothing b ea ts whip p ing up a p a n of b ub b ling b roth on a c hilly d a y. Here?s a d elic ious Slim m ing World rec ip e to g et you sta rted :

TOMATO AND BASIL SOUP Ing red ients 1 la rg e onion, c hop p ed 2 c a rrots, c hop p ed 3 celery sticks, c hop p ed 2 g a rlic c loves, c rushed 1.2 litres hot veg eta b le stock, suita b le for veg a ns 900g rip e tom a toes, c hop p ed 400g c a n c hop p ed tom a toes 500g p a ssa ta 1 red p ep p er, d eseed ed a nd c hop p ed 1 tb sp tom a to p urée ½ sm a ll p a c k fresh b a sil lea ves

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W H EN I GROW U P I WAN T TO BE? Enjoy ta lks to Felic ity Hind a b out her journey in to a c a reer in sp orts reha b ilita tion a nd fitness c oa c hing

As a shy g irl who la c ked c onfid enc e, a c a d em ic s d id n?t c om e ea sy to Felic ity Hind a nd she a lwa ys felt university wa s likely to b e b eyond her rea c h.

tim e a t F2 Func tiona l Fitness in Portishea d run b y Jo Ga lla g her. The Func tiona l Fitness (F2) stud io in Portishea d p rovid es a uniq ue b outiq ue style tra ining environm ent offering p ersona l tra ining a nd sm a ll fitness c la sses.

Work exp erienc e while a t sc hool inc lud ed tim e sp ent a t a rug b y c lub a nd a hyd rothera p y p ool, whic h sp a rked a n interest for her in rec overy a nd fitness. Felic ity found she rea lly enjoyed hea ring p eop le?s stories a nd und ersta nd ing wha t the fa c ilities ha d d one to help a nd sup p ort them .

Now q ua lified with a d eg ree in sp orts c ond itioning reha b ilita tion a nd m a ssa g e, 2024 sees Felic ity, 22, em b a rk on her d rea m c a reer a s a full- tim e sp orts reha b ilita tion a nd fitness c oa c h b a c k where it a ll sta rted severa l yea rs a g o, a t F2 Func tiona l Fitness in Portishea d .

Her insig ht in to sp orts reha b ilita tion a nd fitness wid ened a fter a further work exp erienc e stint, this

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I N TERV I EW Felic ity Hind ta lks to Enjoy a b out her tra nsform a tion from shy teena g er to q ua lified p a ssiona te sp orts c oa c h

You d id n?t think you w ould g o to university, yet here you a re w ith a d eg ree in sp orts c ond itioning reha b ilita tion a nd m a ssa g e. How d id tha t ha p p en? I d evelop ed a p a ssion so strong tha t it m a d e m e b elieve I c ould a c tua lly d o it! I knew a fter m y ea rly work exp erienc e p la c em ents tha t I wa nted m y c a reer to involve sp orts thera p y of som e kind , then in 2019, d esp ite still b eing very shy, I g ot work exp erienc e with F2 Func tiona l Fitness. Jo, who runs the fitness stud io in Pa p er Mill Ga rd ens, g reeted m e with kind ness a nd g uid a nc e. I wa tc hed a nd ob served the c la sses a nd lea rnt everything from wha t?s involved in running a b usiness to the c lients a nd the im p orta nc e of p eop le skills, a s well a s the p hysic a l sp orts sid e of thing s. I g ot to m eet p eop le a nd hea r their stories a nd tha t?s when I rea lly sta rted to c om e out of m y shell. I loved every sec ond of it, the work F2 wa s d oing wa s c ha ng ing p eop le?s lives a nd I wa nted to b e a p a rt of it so m uc h! Motiva ted b y Jo a nd the F2 tea m , in 2020 I hea d ed off to Ca rd iff Metrop olita n University to stud y sp orts c ond itioning , reha b ilita tion a nd m a ssa g e. University wa sn?t ea sy b ut I knew it wa s wha t I wa nted to d o.

So w ha t d oes the future hold ? After a few m onths tra velling I ha ve returned to Portishea d to ta ke up a full- tim e p ost a t F2. The F2 tea m ha s a lrea d y p rovid ed m e with their a m a zing tea c hing a nd knowled g e (whic h they a ll ha ve a lot of) a nd I will c ontinue to d evelop m y skills. I now ha ve exp erienc e working with c lients who suffer with neurolog ic a l a nd d evelop m enta l d isord ers, whic h ha s b een g rea tly rewa rd ing . The p rog ress seen in m y c lients is a m a zing . I ha ve a lso worked with youth a thletes who a re d evelop ing g rea tly in their sp ort throug h the use of sp ort sp ec ific susp ension. Without d oub t, Jo a nd the F2 tea m help ed g uid e m e a nd m otiva ted m e to strive for m y d rea m c a reer a nd now I hop e I c a n tha nk them b y b ec om ing the very b est fitness c oa c h a nd sp orts reha b ilita tor I c a n b e a nd I c a n?t wa it to g et sta rted ! I c a nnot rec om m end F2 Func tiona l Fitness enoug h, it?s suc h a uniq ue welc om ing g ym where no p rob lem g oes unsolved , everyone who c om es throug h the d oors is like fa m ily a nd tha t?s why I love F2.

Wha t m a d e you return to F2? In m y fina l yea r a t university I need ed to c om p lete a work p la c em ent a nd I c ould n?t think of a b etter p la c e to d o it tha n F2. The sec ond I wa lked in a fter three yea rs a b senc e Jo welc om ed m e with op en a rm s a nd within no tim e we were c ha tting like no tim e ha d p a ssed a t a ll. I worked a long sid e F2 to c om p lete m y d eg ree a nd b ec a m e q ua lified to tea c h susp ension throug h F2.

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Jo Ga lla g her exp la ins why her F2 stud io is so m uc h m ore tha n a g ym The Func tiona l Fitness (F2) stud io in Portishea d is a uniq ue b outiq ue style tra ining environm ent whic h offers p ersona l tra ining a nd sm a ll fitness c la sses, sp ec ia lising in susp ension tra ining , weig hts a nd kettle b ells, we even d o susp ension tra ining for young sters whic h is suc h a hit with them . The stud io is d esig ned , sta ffed a nd eq uip p ed to help every c lient m a ke rea l p rog ress with their ind ivid ua l fitness g oa ls. We c a ter for c lients a t a ll levels from top sp orts p erform ers to those who a re new to a reg ula r fitness reg im e. In a d d ition the F2 sta ff a re q ua lified a nd exp erienc ed to sup p ort c lients rec overing from illness or injury. One b ig thing a t Func tiona l Fitness is our sinc ere p ersona l interest in a ll who c om e throug h our d oors - we a im to c rea te a rea l sense of c om m unity within the stud io, und ersta nd ing every ind ivid ua l c lient?s need s a nd g oa ls. We a re d ed ic a ted to a holistic a p p roa c h to fitness a nd c a n help with everything from im p roving m enta l hea lth a nd help ing with p hysic a l reha b ilita tion to exp loring nutrition a nd im p roving m otiva tion, sta m ina , streng th, p osture a nd g enera l wellb eing . Let m e introd uc e you to som e tea m m em b ers: Da vid Da vid is our c ertified kettleb ell instruc tor a nd a p ersona l tra iner. His p a ssion for running c la sses c om es from his joy of g uid ing , tea c hing a nd a ssisting p eop le in b eing p rofic ient in kettleb ell lifting a nd a c hieving their p ersona l fitness g oa ls in the shortest tim e. He a lso offers p ersona l tra ining / c oa c hing a t F2 for those need ing m ore ind ivid ua l a ttention.

g a ining lea n m usc le, im p roving fitness a nd streng th, p lus a lso offers nutrition a d vic e. Felic ity Felic ity returns, now fully q ua lified , to F2 a nd ha s so m uc h to offer. You c a n rea d a b out her journey on p a g es 40 a nd 41. Jess A level 3 Pila tes instruc tor, Jess runs 45 m inute Pila tes c la sses whic h inc orp ora te a ra ng e of streng th, m ob ility a nd b a la nc e exerc ises, a im ed a t streng thening your c ore. Tom Tom joined us in Ap ril 2021a nd is a sp orts reha b ilita tor who sp ec ia lises in 1:1reha b susp ension tra ining a t F2. He works with p eop le to resolve a c ute or c hronic issues a nd help them return to a c tivity, a s well a s tra ining p eop le to b ec om e strong er a nd m ore sta b le to red uc e the risk of future injuries. In a d d ition Tom offers 1:1sessions for those interested in joining a susp ension c la ss a nd need ing to lea rn the rop es. Tra c y All a t F2 would like to wish susp ension tra iner Tra c y a ll the very b est for the future a s she lea ves us to p ursue a new a d venture. Tha nks for your d ed ic a tion Tra c y a nd g ood luc k on your new journey. We a re here to help you rea c h your fitness g oa ls wha tever they a re. Com e a nd ha ve a c ha t tod a y. Func tiona l Fitness, Pa p er Mill Ga rd ens, Portishea d jg .func tiona lfitness @g m a il.c om Tel: 07939978989

Em ily Em ily is one of the long est serving tra iners a t F2. She runs susp ension c la sses a nd a lso weig ht lifting , tea c hing g rea t tec hniq ues. Em ily ha s a num b er of p ersona l tra ining c lients a nd c urrently ha s sp a c es for a few m ore. She ha s d esig ned p rog ra m m es whic h a re m a na g ea b le for those with hec tic sc hed ules, her sessions a re enjoya b le a nd p roven to work. Em ily is 42 ha p p y to help c lients with weig ht m a na g em ent,

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HEALTHY EATING New Yea r is a g rea t tim e to rea ssess our ea ting ha b its

Here a re five hea lthy food ha b its to try this m onth.

4. Inc lud e lea n p roteins

1. Ea t a va riety of fruits a nd veg eta b les

Protein is a n essentia l m a c ronutrient tha t p la ys a c ruc ia l role in b uild ing a nd rep a iring tissues, sup p orting a hea lthy im m une system a nd reg ula ting horm ones. Op t for lea n sourc es of p rotein suc h a s p oultry, fish, leg um es, tofu a nd low- fa t d a iry p rod uc ts. These op tions p rovid e nec essa ry nutrients without exc essive sa tura ted fa ts. Ba la nc e your m ea ls b y c om b ining p rotein with whole g ra ins a nd veg eta b les for a well- round ed a nd sa tisfying d ish.

Inc orp ora ting a wid e ra ng e of fruits a nd veg eta b les into your d iet ensures you rec eive a d iverse a rra y of essentia l vita m ins, m inera ls, a nd a ntioxid a nts. Aim to inc lud e d ifferent c olours of fruits a nd veg eta b les, suc h a s lea fy g reens, b erries, c itrus fruits, a nd c ruc iferous veg eta b les, in your m ea ls. These nutrient- ric h food s help sup p ort a strong im m une system , red uc e the risk of c hronic d isea ses, a nd p rom ote overa ll well- b eing .

5. Pra c tic e m ind ful ea ting Mind ful ea ting involves p a ying a ttention to your b od y's hung er a nd fullness c ues, a s well a s sa vouring a nd enjoying your food without d istra c tions. Slow d own d uring m ea ls, c hew your food thoroug hly, a nd sa vour the fla vours a nd textures. This p ra c tic e c a n help p revent overea ting , im p rove d ig estion a nd p rom ote a hea lthy rela tionship with food . It's a lso essentia l to listen to your b od y's sig na ls a nd ea t when you're hung ry, c hoosing nutritious op tions tha t nourish your b od y.

2. Choose whole g ra ins over refined g ra in Whole g ra ins, suc h a s q uinoa , b rown ric e, whole whea t b rea d a nd oa ts, a re ric h in fib re, vita m ins, a nd m inera ls. They p rovid e susta ined energ y a nd help reg ula te b lood sug a r levels. On the other ha nd , refined g ra ins, like white b rea d , white ric e a nd p roc essed c erea ls, la c k the sa m e nutritiona l va lue a nd c a n c a use b lood sug a r sp ikes. Op t for whole g ra in a lterna tives whenever p ossib le to im p rove d ig estion a nd sup p ort hea rt hea lth.

Inc orp ora ting these hea lthy food ha b its into your d a ily life c a n ha ve a sig nific a nt im p a c t on your overa ll well- b eing . Rem em b er, sm a ll c ha ng es over tim e c a n lea d to long - la sting results. Sta rt b y setting rea listic g oa ls a nd g ra d ua lly im p lem enting these ha b its into your routine. Pla n your m ea ls a hea d , exp erim ent with new rec ip es a nd involve friend s or fa m ily to m a ke the journey m ore enjoya b le. Be kind to yourself a nd foc us on p rog ress ra ther tha n p erfec tion. With d ed ic a tion a nd a p ositive m ind set, you c a n m a ke nutritious ea ting a lifelong ha b it a nd rea p the b enefits of im p roved hea lth a nd vita lity.

3. Red uc e a d d ed sug a rs Exc essive sug a r c onsum p tion ha s b een linked to va rious hea lth p rob lem s, inc lud ing ob esity, d ia b etes a nd hea rt d isea se. Be m ind ful of hid d en sug a rs in p roc essed food s a nd b evera g es suc h a s soft d rinks, sa uc es a nd sweets. Instea d , sa tisfy your sweet tooth with na tura l sourc es of sweetness like fresh fruits or op t for hea lthier a lterna tives like honey or m a p le syrup . Gra d ua lly red uc e your sug a r inta ke a nd tra in your ta ste b ud s to enjoy the na tura l fla vours of food s. istock.com: Luidmila Chernetska

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Ka thryn Ha rp er, osteop a th a nd c o- owner of Wa lnut Grove Clinic , looks a t the im p orta nc e of self c a re Wellb eing ? Being well? There a re so m a ny c onnota tions of wha t wellb eing or b eing well m ea ns to p eop le. I b elieve it?s a very ind ivid ua l a nd p ersona l thing . Wha t d oes it m ea n to you? Is this som ething you think a b out b ut never a c tua lly g et round to d oing a nything a b out?

im p roving m usc le streng th/ m ob ility b ut a lso the fresh a ir a nd tim e out help s to c lea r the m ind or g ives you tim e to reflec t, m ore often tha t not you'll c om e b a c k hom e feeling lig hter a nd freer in m ore wa ys tha n one. Another a sp ec t of wellb eing is nutrition. If you fuel your b od y a nd m ind c orrec tly then you feel hea lthier a nd fitter. It c a n b e sa id tha t b eing hea lthy is 80% wha t we ea t a nd 20% exerc ise.

Too m a ny of us d on't p rioritise ourselves. Quite often in c linic we hea r tha t p eop le a re too b usy with work, looking a fter c hild ren or g ra nd c hild ren, help ing c a re for old er rela tives a nd m a ny other ta sks to m a ke tim e for self c a re. They will often sa y it c a n wa it for a nother d a y. My rep ly is often "If you d on't p ut yourself first then who will?"

The New Yea r is a tim e when we a ll reflec t a nd p rom ise to m a ke c ha ng es for a b etter life, looking a fter ourselves b etter a nd a im ing for op tim um hea lth a nd fitness, b ut in rea lity m a ny p eop le find it d iffic ult to m a ke these c ha ng es ind ep end ently. Som e m a y just need a little sup p ort a nd enc oura g em ent, while others m a y req uire hea lthc a re a nd trea tm ent.

Rem em b er, looking a fter yourself ena b les you to help a nd look a fter others. Wellb eing c om es in two m a in g uises, p hysic a l a nd m enta l hea lth a nd often wha t you m a y d o to im p rove one, will im p rove the other. For exa m p le, g oing for a b risk wa lk g ives you the p hysic a l hea lth b enefits of exerc ise - c a rd iova sc ula r hea lth a nd

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At Wa lnut Grove we ha ve a whole tea m of p rofessiona ls just wa iting to help you look a fter yourself a nd b ec om e the hea lthiest a nd fittest you c a n b e. Our exp erienc ed tea m p rovid es wellb eing servic es inc lud ing a c up unc ture, osteop a thy, p hysiothera p y, sp orts reha b ilita tion a nd g ym c la sses inc lud ing Pila tes a nd istock.com: peopleimages yog a . So if you feel you need a little help to rea c h op tim um wellness, the tea m a t Wa lnut Grove will b e ha p p y to help . As we hea d in to the New Yea r I c ha lleng e you to think a b out you! Wha t d o you like d oing ? My p ersona l g o to for wellb eing is to m a ke sure I ha ve tim e with fa m ily a nd friend s, b ut a lso tim e out for m yself - for insta nc e a ttend ing a kettle b ell c la ss, ha ving a fa c ia l/ m a ssa g e or rea d ing . Do I feel g uilty? Oc c a siona lly yes b ut then I rem ind m yself why I d o it. If I d on't ta ke this tim e for m e I know I b ec om e g rum p ier. Wha t we d o to rela x is a n ind ivid ua l thing a nd should n?t b e jud g ed b y others. My husb a nd likes to wa lk the d og a s it?s tim e out for him with p ea c e a nd q uiet a nd he loves to wa tc h sp ort on TV; tha t?s

his c hoic e for rela xa tion. We ha ve a lot of p a tients a t Wa lnut Grove who see their tim e with us - whether tha t?s for a c up unc ture, a Pila tes c la ss, osteop a thic trea tm ent or yog a for exa m p le - a s tim e for them , tim e to look a fter their wellb eing . It?s not just a b out the ha nd s- on p a rt of the trea tm ent, it?s a lso the ra p p ort a nd c ha t they ha ve with the p ra c titioner tha t c rea tes this overa ll sense of wellb eing . So b a c k to you ? to sta rt with c hoose one thing you like to d o a nd m a ke sure you ta ke the tim e to d o it, for you! When you m a na g e tha t one thing you will feel a sense of a c hievem ent a nd you c a n think a b out wha t else you wa nt to d o for you! Whether you need to g et help for tha t nig g ling p a in, wa nt to im p rove your streng th a nd m ob ility, g ive your m enta l hea lth a b oost, or a re just feeling a little b roken a nd a re not sure wha t you need , c onta c t us a t Wa lnut Grove a nd tog ether we will work out wha t you need to feel b etter, insid e a nd out. Self c a re is never selfish, you c a n't p our from a n em p ty c up !

Happy 2024!

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NEW YEAR, NEW H OM E? Why 2024 c ould b e the yea r to m ove hom e b y Chris Collins of CC Mortg a g es As a m ortg a g e a d visor, I und ersta nd tha t m oving house is a sig nific a nt d ec ision tha t req uires c a reful c onsid era tion. If you're c ontem p la ting a m ove, let m e sha re som e insig hts into why 2024 c ould b e a n op p ortune tim e to m a ke tha t lea p .

a lig ns with your a sp ira tions. Give yourself a m p le tim e to p la n, p rep a re a nd exp lore your op tions. Eng a g e with a m ortg a g e a d visor who c a n help you na vig a te the p roc ess, a ssess your fina nc ia l rea d iness a nd sec ure the b est m ortg a g e d ea l for your situa tion.

Over the next few yea rs, exp erts p red ic t house p ric es will stea d ily rise a g a in. While this c a n b e a d eterrent for som e, it a lso m ea ns tha t the va lue of your c urrent p rop erty m a y rise, p otentia lly a llowing you to sell a t a hig her p ric e. This inc rea sed eq uity c a n p rovid e a m ore sub sta ntia l d own p a ym ent for your next hom e, g iving you g rea ter b uying p ower.

CC Mortg a g es is a n ind ep end ent m ortg a g e b roker with a c c ess to m ore tha n 90 d ifferent lend ers from a c ross the m a rket whic h a llows us to m a ke sure we find the rig ht m ortg a g e for ea c h ind ivid ua l c lient. Whether you?re a first tim e b uyer, a sea soned m over, p rop erty d evelop er, or som eone looking to up or d own- size in p rop erty, we a re here to help .

Ad d itiona lly, infla tion is sta rting to c om e d own a nd lend ers a re red uc ing interest ra tes whic h c a n m a ke m ortg a g es m ore a fford a b le, p lus there a re still som e g ood p a c ka g es a va ila b le for first tim e b uyers, so 2024 c ould b e the p erfec t tim e to m ove hom e.

With the rig ht g uid a nc e a nd p rep a ra tion, owning your first hom e or m oving into your d rea m hom e c a n b ec om e a rea lity in 2024.

It's im p orta nt tha t the d ec ision to m ove house should not solely b e b a sed on externa l fa c tors thoug h. Consid er your p ersona l c irc um sta nc es a nd long - term g oa ls a s well interest ra tes a nd the m ortg a g e p rod uc ts a va ila b le to you. Assess your fina nc ia l situa tion, eva lua te your lifestyle need s a nd think a b out the loc a tion a nd typ e of p rop erty tha t

To b ook a free no ob lig a tion consulta tion, p lea se g et in touc h b y em a iling info@c c- m ortg a g es.c o.ukor ca ll Chris on 07855954667.

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FI N D I N G TH E BEST AGEN T FO R YO U If you a re c onsid ering m oving in 2024 m a ke sure you c hoose a n a g ent tha t will ha ve your b est interests a t hea rt. By the tea m a t Good m a n & Lilley At Good m a n & Lilley we know how m uc h trust our c lients a re p utting in our ha nd s when we ta ke their p rop erty to m a rket, tha t?s why we a lwa ys strive to d eliver the very b est servic e we c a n. Com p eting with m a ny well- known tra d itiona l a g ents, sinc e op ening in Portishea d s Hig h Street in 2010 we ha ve b uilt our rep uta tion on exc ellent c om m unic a tion, fa m ily va lues a nd la ying roots in the c om m unity. Our g oa l is to exc eed c ustom er exp ec ta tions every tim e. We view ea c h c lient a s a n ind ivid ua l a nd ea c h p rop erty a uniq ue hom e, our skill set c om es into p la y when we d evote tim e a nd exp erienc e to m a tc hing these up . We c rea te a c lea r, ea sy- to- na vig a te p a th, a llowing our c ustom ers to rela x a nd enjoy the p roc ess.

c lients. We ensure we keep up - to- d a te with the ever- c ha ng ing leg isla tion a nd reg ula tions a nd know it is c ruc ia l for a ny la nd lord to instruc t the rig ht a g ent, not only to m a na g e their p rop erty p rofessiona lly, b ut to find the rig ht tena nt for them a nd m a ke the whole p roc ess of letting p rop erty run sea m lessly. Whether you a re b uying , selling or letting a p rop erty the tea m a t Good m a n & Lilley a re a lwa ys ha p p y to p rovid e a va lua tion a nd offer a d vic e b efore find ing the rig ht b uyer or tena nt for you.

Bec a use we strive for 100% c ustom er sa tisfa c tion, we ta ke note of a ll feed b a c k a nd a c t a c c ord ing ly, ta king the tim e to listen a nd und ersta nd our c ustom ers' p ersona l c irc um sta nc es, whic h m a y b e em otiona l a t tim es, suc h a s a fa m ily b rea kd own, illness, or p hysic a l d isa b ility. We m a ke it our m ission to trea t a ll with resp ec t a nd d ig nity. Our va lues a re stra ig htforwa rd : we a re a p a rt of our c om m unity, we serve our c om m unity a nd the p eop le who live here, a nd this fuels our d esire to p rovid e leg end a ry c ustom er servic e; a fter a ll, a ha p p y c ustom er will tell a friend ; a n unha p p y c ustom er will tell everyone! We a p p rec ia te tha t our b est a d voc a tes a re the p eop le in our c om m unity a nd we va lue this. The tea m a t Good m a n & Lilley know the loc a l m a rket insid e a nd out a nd tha t knowled g e, c om b ined with ind ustry exp ertise a nd a c c ess to first c la ss m a rketing tools, m ea ns we c a n d eliver tim e a nd a g a in when it c om es to find ing , selling or letting your p rop erty. Ea rlier this yea r Good m a n & Lilley Portishea d wa s na m ed Best Letting Ag ent 2023 b y the British Prop erty Awa rd s. Our letting s tea m c ontinues to p rove it is outsta nd ing , setting hig h ind ustry sta nd a rd s a nd b uild ing strong rela tionship s with

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It's p retty sa fe to sa y tha t in 2024 m ore of us will b e working from hom e tha n a t a ny other tim e in history. Like m ost situa tions this ha s a d va nta g es a s well a s d isa d va nta g es, b ut with a little b it of c rea tivity a nd som e g ood g round rules in p la c e you c a n enjoy working from a sm a ll sp a c e in your hom e, you m ig ht

even b e surp rised a t how p rod uc tive you c a n b e. Som e ob vious b onuses a re d itc hing the c om m ute, sa ving tim e a nd m oney, rea d ily a va ila b le c a p p uc c inos a nd c heese toa sties a nd even a c heeky workout/ na p in your lunc h b rea k!

The first c ha lleng e for m a ny will b e c a rving out a d ed ic a ted sp a c e, b ut fea r not... with som e sp a c e sa ving sa vvy you?ll b e surp rised wha t c a n b e a c hieved . I ha ve seen a m a zing worksp a c es c rea ted insid e c up b oa rd s, b ehind the sofa a nd even und er the sta irs. There a re som e c lever wa ll m ounted d esks on the m a rket tha t c a n b e c losed up when not in use, with som e inc lud ing shelves a nd c a b le org a nisers to keep thing s tid y.

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If you ha ve a little m ore wig g le room then I rec om m end keep ing floor sp a c e unc luttered , to a c hieve this use the wa ll sp a c e a b ove your d esk for shelving . Invest in som e c a b le tid ies a nd c lip your c a b les und er the b a c k ed g e of your d esk. Wherever p ossib le use wireless c ha rg ers a nd even a c ha rg ing sta tion to keep everything in one p la c e.

Ha ving worked from hom e for m a ny yea rs now I c a n't stress enoug h how im p orta nt a g ood c ha ir is! When you g oog le working from hom e you a re p resented with im a g es of p eop le loung ing on the sofa , sitting in b ea n b a g s a nd even c urled up in a c om fy a rm c ha ir - your b a c k will tha nk you for a void ing a ll of those.

I ha ve now p rog ressed from the kitc hen ta b le to a d esk, I ha ve c a rved out m y own worksp a c e a nd here a re som e of the thing s tha t m a ke working from hom e g rea t for m e. - I c a n p la y m y own m usic a s loud a s I wa nt while working . - I d on?t g et d istra c ted b y Sa ra h from a c c ounts ta lking a b out her lum b a g o. - I c a n g ra b a c offee in less tha n two m inutes without ha ving to ord er a nd q ueue up . - I ha ve m y d og a t work with m e every d a y.

c onsid ering sta rting a sid e hustle in your sp a re tim e, or you a re self em p loyed working from hom e, enjoy the freed om a nd org a nise tha t p ersona l sp a c e where c rea tivity m eets p rod uc tivity. Persona lly, I ha ve never looked b a c k .

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WARDS EXPANDS I TS EMPLOYMENT LAW TEAM Solic itors c ontinues to b uild the p ra c tic e a c ross the South West Wa rd s Solic itors, whic h ha s a n offic e in Portishea d ?s Ha rb our Roa d , is p lea sed to a nnounc e the a p p ointm ent of three new solic itors to its g rowing Em p loym ent La w tea m in the Bristol.

Reb ec c a Lync h a lso joins Wa rd s a s a p a rtner a nd is a n em p loym ent sp ec ia list with m ore tha n 20 yea rs exp erienc e in leg a l p ra c tic e. Reb ec c a will work with b oth ind ivid ua ls a nd em p loyers to na vig a te throug h a nd resolve workp la c e issues, c ha lleng es a nd d isp utes.

Da vid Ba ynton joins a s p a rtner a nd hea d of Solic itor King a Mic hnowska will b e Reb ecc a Lync h a nd Da vid Ba ynton em p loym ent a nd ha s working a long sid e Wa rd s?c orp ora te c onsid era b le exp erienc e in p rovid ing em p loym ent a nd c om m erc ia l a nd em p loym ent tea m s, a ssisting a d vic e to b oth b usinesses a nd ind ivid ua ls. He will b e ind ivid ua ls, sta rt- up s a nd esta b lished firm s. a d vising on a ll a sp ec ts of em p loym ent la w, inc lud ing Wa rd s?p a rtner a nd hea d of d isp utes, Eliza b eth Fry, c ontra c ts of em p loym ent, g rieva nc es a nd d isp utes sa id : ?We a re d elig hted to welc om e Da vid , Reb ec c a in the workp la c e, d isc ip lina ry issues, red und a nc ies a nd King a to Wa rd s. Their a rriva l m a rks a n exc iting a nd restruc tures, a s well a s TUPE a nd c orp ora te tim e for our b usy em p loym ent tea m a nd their skills sup p ort, settlem ent a g reem ents. He will a lso a nd exp erienc e will a d d c onsid era b le streng th to our rep resent em p loyer a nd em p loyee c lients in trib una l offer a s we c ontinue to b uild the p ra c tic e.? a nd c ivil c ourt c la im s.

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COMING TOGETHER F H Halliday and Son?s evening of remembrance with a difference Before Christm a s Enjoy a ttend ed a m em oria l evening a t F H Ha llid a y & Son, the fa m ily run funera l d irec tors tha t ha s b een serving the Portishea d c om m unity from its Hig h Street p rem ises for m ore tha n a c entury.

to sing Christm a s c a rols a nd enc oura g e everyone to join in.

Ha llid a y?s hold this event ea c h yea r for fa m ilies tha t ha ve lost som eone, p eop le they ha d g ot to know throug h a rra ng ing funera ls for their loved ones.

Guests were invited to write on a sta r in m em ory of those they ha d lost, whic h would then b e hung on the la rg e Christm a s tree in the offic e entra nc e ha ll.

This is a rem em b ra nc e event with a d ifferenc e, not a som b re a ffa ir. Glyn, Helen a nd Ha rvey, d irec t d esc end a nts of the Ha llid a y fa m ily a nd Glyn a nd Helen?s future son- in- la w Ja m es, who a lso works for the firm , d id them selves a nd the Portishea d c om m unity p roud , It wa s a c risp , c old nig ht a nd b ehind the offic e p rem ises a sm a ll m a rq uee ha d b een erec ted , outsid e whic h stood a fire eng ine, a line of Portishea d fire fig hters a nd Sa nta with the sta tion?s c a rol floa t. Portishea d fire fig hters?c ha rity wa s the c ha rity c hosen for a ny d ona tions m a d e on the evening . A few m etres a wa y a fire p it p rovid ed som e wa rm th a nd a n a wning g a ve shelter to a hog roa st, to whic h everyone wa s invited to help them selves. Insid e the m a rq uee m ulled wine flowed a s m inc e p ies were p a ssed a round a m id the b uzz of g entle c ha tter. Glyn welc om ed everyone a nd exp la ined this event wa s a long sta nd ing tra d ition whic h he hop ed a nyone feeling lonely a nd find ing this tim e of yea r p a rtic ula rly d iffic ult would find som e c om fort in. The festive a tm osp here rea c hed a n a ll tim e hig h a s g ents d ressed in Vic toria n c ostum e b eg a n to a ssem b le in the m a rq uee. It wa s the Pill Owls, there

It wa s a wond erful evening , c hild ren loved seeing Sa nta a nd the Pill Owls, the hog roa st went d own a trea t a nd the m ulled wine kep t the a d ults wa rm . There wa s a rea l sense of c om m unity. Tha nk you to a ll a t F H Ha llid a y, a tra d ition we hop e will c ontinue well in to the future.

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ROTARY GIVING BACK INITIATIVE Gordano Breakfast Rotary Club is reviving ?Giving Back?- a forum for people running charities and community groups in the local area, to discuss common issues and challenges. It provides an opportunity for Portishead?s growing and changing population to understand the wealth of ways in which they can give back to the thriving community. Meetings will be quarterly on a Thursday and will include a guest speaker. To find out more contact Gordano Breakfast Rotary Club via their Facebook page or visit www.gordanobreakfastrotary.org

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The Long Ashton Orchestra will perform a free concert in Portishead Methodist Church on the High Street on 28th January starting at 7.30pm. Tea, coffee and homemade cakes will be on sale during the interval and donations will be welcomed on the door at the end of the concert. All funds will go towards Za Foundation's work with a vulnerable community in South Africa.

BOWLS CLUB FUNDRAISING The men?s section of the Portishead Bowls Club raised funds for the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC) in 2023 by holding raffles and fining members for minor misdemeanours! At the club?s AGM members were delighted to present a cheque for £1,150 to Robin Jacques, a GWAAC trustee and former patient. GWAAC provides emergency care to people who are in a state so critical that they require the specialist skills of the air ambulance at the scene of an accident or medical incident. GWAAC saves lives across Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire, North Somerset and parts of Wiltshire and although the organisation is part of the regional 999 response service and works closely with NHS hospitals, GWAAC is a charity funded entirely by fundraising efforts and donations from the public. 54 54


SPRING SHOW Portishea d ?s first g a rd ening show of the yea r invites entries a nd it?s tim e to sta rt thinking a b out wha t you will g row or wha t to m a ke. The Portishea d Sp ring Show will ta ke p la c e this yea r on Sa turd a y 9th Ma rc h. Anyone c a n enter a nd it?s not just a b out flowers a nd veg eta b les. Cookery, p hotog ra p hy, a rt a nd ha nd ic ra fts a re a ll invited from a nyone in the loc a l c om m unity from a nyone a g ed two to 100 yea rs. There a re lots of c ertific a tes, c up s a nd p rizes to b e won, so g et c ra c king a nd sta rt p la nning , m a king a nd g rowing ! Sc hed ules for the 2024 event will b e in loc a l shop s a nd a va ila b le online from m id Ja nua ry. The show, org a nised b y Portishea d Hortic ultura l Soc iety, will ta ke p la c e a t the Folk Ha ll in Portishea d Hig h Street 12.30- 4.30p m . There is m ore inform a tion on the Portishea d Hortic ultura l Soc iety web site. More d eta ils c a n a lso b e ob ta ined from the Portishea d Sum m er Show Fa c eb ook p a g e or from Ja ne Pa g a no on 01275 848984.

CHA TTY CA FÉ Im p ero Loung e in Port ishead Hig h St reet is now host ing Chat t y Café every Mond ay 10 -11.30 am . You w ill find a friend ly volunt eer on t he Chat t er & Nat t er t ab le in t he Loung e w ait ing t o w elcom e you. So, if you fancy som e com p any and a chat w it h som eone new, p op along , g rab a cup p a and sit at t he t ab le sp ort ing t he Chat t y Café sig n. You can b e assured you w ill b e m ad e very w elcom e.

M AN AGI N G ARTH RI TI S Free bite-sized self management workshops for arthritis sufferers will take place at the Folk H all in Portishead H igh Street on Friday mornings over the coming weeks. The first, on managing pain, will be on 26th Januar y 1.30-3.30pm. M anaging sleep, fatigue and fibromyalgia will run over the following three weeks. Book your place by filling in the online form at www.versusarthitis.org/in-your-area/england/

TREVOR AND GARY Tha t?ll Be The Da y ic ons Trevor Pa yne a nd Ga ry And erson will b e em b a rking on a solo tour in 2024 with An Evening with Trevor a nd Ga ry. Loc a l p erform er, d irec tor a nd p rod uc er, Trevor is b est known for p rod uc ing one the c ountry?s long est running roc k ?n?roll m usic a l thea tre shows, Tha t?ll Be The Da y, in whic h his p a l Ga ry a lso p la ys a m a jor p a rt. The roc k ?n?roll extra va g a nza is loved b y fa ns world wid e a nd ha s b een touring solid ly for nea rly four d ec a d es. Now, this d yna m ic d uo is p roud to p resent a sensa tiona l evening of ta les from life on the roa d , c om p lete with a hea lthy d ose of c la ssic roc k ?n?roll. Tic kets for An Evening with Trevor a nd Ga ry c a n b e p urc ha sed via www.tha tllb ethed a y.c om / tic kets

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