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A word from the Editor Welcome to the December issue of the Weston & Worle View. We have some great competitions for you this month plus other festive features. 2013 has been a great year for us and we would like to mention that due to the popularity of the magazine, we will be increasing the print run to allow for a larger distribution area, during 2014. Also, we receive a large amount of letters from our readers regarding the local history articles we print.We would love to print more and so ask if you have a local history interest or story to tell, please let us know. We would also like to thank all of our readers and advertisers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

This months front cover image background was kindly supplied by Weston Museum

At a glance – DECEMBER

Steve Drew The Weston & Worle View Editor Steve Drew Advertising Nick Carter Studio/Production Dave Collingbourne Marketing & Promotions Ian Williams and a very special thank you to:

All our readers and contributors for making this year such a blast! creative contributions

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04 Council PACKAGE News 06 Victorian Christmas 08 Worle history society needs your help

10 COMPETITIONS!!! 13 mobile artisans 15 woodspring ramblers 18 What’s On & Gig Guide 22 local businesses festive messages

27 Worle War Memorial 29 Terry Gilbert – Xmas Message 31 top re-cycling council 33 Vet Advice – PET TREATS 35 flood strategy – have your say

New route out of Weston Major changes are coming to a main route in Weston-super-Mare next week with a new road and traffic layout. From Monday 2nd December the new section of dual carriageway along Marchfields Way will be the main way out of town as Winterstoke Road becomes twoway and restricted to local traffic accessing businesses in the immediate area. The changes are part of the £15m Weston Package that aims to improve transport links in Weston, including at junction 21. The work, which was started in April and is being carried out by contractor Alun Griffiths on behalf of North Somerset Council, was funded by the Department for Transport and the council.The new road will make it easier for those travelling in and out of Weston as the extended dual carriageway will create extra space and reduce congestion on this busy route. There is also a new bus lane on the approach to the Drove Road roundabout heading into Weston to improve public transport links, which aims to make it easier for commuters to travel into the town and therefore attract more business investment. Buses will also be able to link to Herluin Way from Winterstoke Road via a short bus lane. North Somerset Council’s executive member for highways, Cllr Elfan Ap Rees, said:“It is very exciting to be able to announce the switch over to this new and redesigned route.“Weston Package is a massive investment in Weston which will see much improved traffic flows and better public transport links. When complete, it will provide a dual carriageway all the way from the M5 into the heart of Weston, with much of the route also complemented by cycle ways and pedestrian links. 

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“It is also fantastic to see how fast this work has progressed with the 12-month programme looking likely to be mostly finished in 9 months and within budget.” The switch over to the new road layout marks the start of the final phase of the Weston Package improvements at Marchfields Way. Improvements at junction 21 (which are being carried out by contractor Costain) are also motoring ahead with the construction at both schemes on track to be completed by Christmas. There will then be some work to finish in the New Year, such as final snag items and landscaping.

See more at: uk/News/Pages/New-route-out-ofWeston.aspx More details about ‘The Package’ can be found at Transport/transportplanning Here you can also downloads PDFs of the plans and up-coming works.

Map of the work at Marchfields Way Call 01934 820041

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Victorian Christmas Before Victoria’s reign started in 1837, nobody in Britain had heard of Santa Claus or Christmas Crackers. No Christmas Cards were sent and most people did not have holidays from work.

The stories of St Nicholas (Sinter Klaas in Holland) came via Dutch settlers to America in the 17th Century. From the 1870s Sinter Klass became known in Britain as Santa Claus and with him came his unique gift and toy distribution system – reindeer and sleigh.

The wealth and technologies generated by the industrial revolution of the Victorian era changed the face of Christmas forever.Victorian social commentators such as Charles Dickens wrote books like ‘A Christmas Carol’ (published in 1843) which actually encouraged rich Victorians to redistribute their wealth by giving money to the poor – Humbug! These radical middle class ideals eventually spread to the aristocracy as well.

Christmas Cards

The Gifts At the start of Victoria’s reign, children’s toys tended to be handmade and hence expensive; generally restricting availability to the rich.With factories, however, came mass production; which brought with it games, dolls, books and clockwork toys, all at an affordable price.

The ‘Penny Post’ was first introduced in Britain in 1840 by Rowland Hill.The idea was simple; a penny stamp paid for the postage of a letter or card to anywhere in Britain.This simple idea paved the way for sending the first Christmas cards. Sir Henry Cole tested the water in 1843 by printing a thousand cards for sale in his art shop in London, at one shilling each.The popularity of sending cards was helped along when, in 1870, a halfpenny postage rate was introduced.

The Tree Queen Victoria’s German husband Prince Albert, helped to make the Christmas tree as popular in Britain as they were in his native Germany, when he brought one to Windsor Castle in the 1840s.

Affordable, that is, to ‘middle class’ children. In Crackers a ‘poor childs’ Christmas stocking, (which first became popular from around 1870), only an apple Invented by Tom Smith, a London sweet maker in or other fruit and maybe a few nuts could be found, 1846.The original idea was to wrap his sweets in a twist of fancy coloured paper, but this developed if anything at all! and sold much better, when he added love notes (mottos), paper hats, small toys and made them go Father Christmas/Santa Claus off with a BANG! Normally associated with the bringer of the above Mistletoe gifts, is Father Christmas or Santa Claus.The two In ancient times, Druid Priests harvested mistletoe have in fact, two entirely separate histories. Father from sacred oaks on the fifth day after the new Christmas was originally part of an Old English moon, following the winter solstice. Norse warriors midwinter festival, normally dressed in green; a sign of the returning spring. Later versions showed who met under the mistletoe declared a truce for that day. The Victorians used mistletoe suspended him in red leggings with whiskers. from the ceiling. Those who met under it could Coca-Cola’s popular advertising campaigns of the claim a kiss. The number of kisses allowed under late 19th and early 20th centuries, changed the each plant depended on the number of berries. concept of Santa to a cheerful full bearded man Each time a kiss was given, a berry was taken off. with the now popular red suit and black boots. No more berries, no more kisses! A special thank you goes to ‘the Internet’ for the enormous amounts of useful ‘stuff’ on the subject but especially for it’s most useful and concise information. Merry Christmas!

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ave a look at the pictures below and see if you can shed any light on where they were taken, when, and who the people are. We could do with some help.

Thyers Horse and Cart, but it doesn’t look like Jack Thyer on board. We did wonder if the cottage was Springwell, Kewstoke Road, but a quick visit changed my mind about that and the chap who used to live at Springwell says definitely not. Suggestions anyone?

Probably not the Alms cottages in Spring Hill, but where is it? Do the tall chimneys in the background ring any bells? Who is the chap?

This lady is Mrs Bennet and the man sitting on the wall is probably Mr.Chaplin. The cottage is thought to be in The Scaurs, opposite her home, not in Church Road. Any help gratefully received. Happy Christmas!

Email your ideas and suggestions to Thank You.

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Q1. How does Oscar Deutsch entertain our nation? Q2. Which Queen hit contains no drums? Q3. If Carlisle minus Dover equals Avonmouth, what does Dover plus Portsmouth equal? Q4. What’s missing: NCL LGW ABZ EDI IOM BHX JER NQY LTN GLA LBA SEN BOH INV LPL STN MAN ??? Q5. How old is The Universe? Q6. Where in Weston can you see the words “Come and take choice of all my library and so beguile thy sorrow”? Q7. Which film features the song “Swinging on a Star”? Q8. Why were the Rajasthan Royals in the news in May 2013? Q9. Who bequeathed Bogmoor Castle to Dani? Q10. Rather than ‘stab him in the back’ what would Boris Johnson wish happen to David Cameron? Answers will be supplied in our January edition.

Help your kitchen smile again with a kitchen makeover ‘Dream Doors, North Somerset’ held their Grand Opening on 8 November. The new bespoke kitchen and door replacement showroom in Congresbury was officially opened by Terry Gilbert of the North Somerset Enterprise Agency. Guests included customers past, present and future, local businesses and friends who all enjoyed a glass of bubbly with nibbles. Colin and Camilla Abbiss, the business owners, expressed their delight at the events success.“We are looking forward to welcoming people into our new showroom to talk to us where they can have complete confidence in our personal local service, our national brand and our quality product. Whether you are looking for replacement doors or a complete new kitchen, Dream Doors has the solution for you”

Come and visit the stunning new showroom at 5 The Precinct, Brinsea Road, Congresbury BS49 5JG where you can see a huge choice of doors, worktops, sinks, taps and appliances. Alternatively call 01934 550085 to book your free quotation for a kitchen tailored to your individual requirements.

Mobile Artisan CREATES Stonebaked Pizzas in North Somerset! A new and exciting business based in Locking is celebrating a very busy and successful start of trading! Gill and Rob moved to Locking from Wrington a year ago with the aim of making further lifestyle changes including starting a business together. That’s when BAREFOOT STONEBAKED PIZZA CO. was born. Gill said “We are passionate about high quality, healthy food which also caters for vegetarians and gluten-intolerant people (yes, we also make up our own gluten-free dough!) We create and then cook authentic Italian pizza’s in a huge clay wood-fired oven mounted onto ‘Pepe’ our restored retro-style Italian Piaggio micro-van. Being fully mobile we can be hired to cater for any occasion including parties, fundraising/charity events, weddings, festivals or shows.”

For more information see our website or Tel 07443 465425 to speak to Gill or Rob


North Somerset Community Flock to Clevedon Hospital Consultation Clevedon Community Centre was packed as members of the public flocked to attend Healthwatch North Somerset’s public meeting on 25th November about the future of Clevedon Hospital. The future of the hospital has been a topic of debate for a while and North Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have offered four option scenarios for the hospital. 1. Do the minimum – retaining the existing services 2. Retain the inpatients services as they are and develop the outpatients and diagnostics 3. Deliver inpatient provision elsewhere and further develop the outpatients and diagnostics 4. Or do something else Liam Williams, Interim Chief Nursing Officer at the CCG explained the rationale behind the various options and took questions from the floor. A healthy and passionate question and answer session ensued with a plethora of issues and views raised, including an almost unanimous show of hands in support of Clevedon Hospital. The 116 members of the public who attended were invited to give Healthwatch North Somerset their views on the option scenarios and these results will be collated by Healthwatch North Somerset and made available to the public in due course. Georgie Bigg, Director of Healthwatch North Somerset commented “We were delighted at the public turn out for our first public meeting in our role as independent champion for health and social care in North Somerset”. If any resident of North Somerset who was not able to attend the public meeting would like to express a view on the future of Clevedon Hospital please forward your comments to Healthwatch North Somerset by email to or call 01275 851400. Our next public meeting is about Weston Hospital at 10.30am on 10th December at the Vintage Church, Hughenden Road, Weston-super-Mare BS23 2UR. Please email or call to let us know you will be attending. on 01823 358175 or email:

Woodspring Ramblers

complete work to re-open walking route Working with North Somerset Council, landowners and parish councils, the Woodspring Ramblers Volunteer Group have replaced a number of stiles with self-closing gates and installed three new wooden footbridges in the footpath from Beach Rd to Elmsley Lane, Kewstoke. These works, together with the repairs to the Collum Lane bridleway link carried out by North Somerset Council, have reopened this popular circular walk, creating a gated route from the beach through to Collum Lane, Woodspring Priory and the National Trust access land at Middlehope. As it is now gated, the route is more accessible to less able walkers who sometimes struggle with stiles. The Woodspring Ramblers have been working on local public rights of way since May 2010. The group initially undertook vegetation clearance but are now installing new structures, such as gates and bridges. Councillor Elfan Ap Rees, executive member responsible for public rights of way, said: “Working with volunteers is an important task and the work the Woodspring Ramblers has completed is brilliant. It just shows what a small group of volunteers can do when they are committed to improving the environment and making the walks accessible to all.� For more information or to join the Woodspring Ramblers, contact Martin Raines at

What’s On – December 2013 Events Guide 1st – 31st December

Welcome to our expanding events guide. Kindly contributed to by YOU. The listing covers up-coming Festive Events in December, a Gig Guide and local Pubs, Bars and Eateries.

Theatre, Arts and Events Up-coming December events 5th/12th/19th/23th December Late Night Christmas Shopping until 9:00 p.m Sovereign Centre High Street, Weston Super Mare BS23 1HL *FREE PARKING at Sovereign Shopping Centre from 3pm* every Thursday from 28th November up until Christmas. Tel: 01934 644111

8th December Helicopter Air Experience Flights The Helicopter Museum Locking Moor Road Weston Super Mare North Somerset BS24 8PP See website for prices or call

Tel: 01934 635227

14th–15th December Christmas Market WESTON MUSEUM FREE Entry Meet Father Christmas, Carol Concerts, Cakes and Mulled Wine, Crafts and Acitivities Burlington St,Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset BS23 1PR Tel: 01934 621028

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15th December Light up a Life

31st December New Year’s Eve Masked Ball

Weston Hospicecare Thornbury Road, Uphill Weston-super-Mare BS23 4YQ Light up a Life gives you the chance to celebrate a loved one’s life whilst helping Weston Hospicecare. Tel: 01934 423960 light-up-a-life-p1589783

Grand Pier Marine Parade,Weston-super-Mare North Somerset BS23 1AL

20th December Charity Christmas Festival of Music. The Blakehay Theatre,Wadham Street, Weston-super-Mare BS23 1JZ An evening of musical talent organised to help raise funds for Diabetes UK. Tickets: Adults: £8, Conc: £6 Book online or call 01934 645493 for tickets www.weston-super-maretowncouncil.

21st December Lipinski Christmas Party at The Grand Pier Grand Pier Marine Parade,Weston-super-Mare North Somerset BS23 1AL With music from the Magical Mystery Four, playing songs from the 60’s including some classic Beatles tracks, followed by The Lipinski Band performing some of your favourite modern classics. Tickets £7.50. Doors open at 7.30pm Tel: 01934 620238

Bring in the New Year in style at The Grand Pier’s New Years Eve Masked Ball. With a drinks reception, five course meal and live music, it will be a New Year to remember! Tickets £49.50. Doors open at 8pm.

Tel: 01934 620238


This year we are proud to present

JACK and the Beanstalk 12th December 2013 until the 5th January 2014 for more details call

The Playhouse 01934 645544

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RNLI Charity Night

Christmas Carols with D.H.S.S. (Des Henly’s singers & strummers)

DHSS are a group of student acoustic/electric guitar students and singers brought together by tutor Des Henly (hence, Des Henly’s singers and strummers), to perform mainly in the Weston area for charity events (as well as private ones). At this time of year, they are playing local venues and singing Christmas carols. Also to this end, they have made a Christmas CD, entitled, ‘Twas the night before Xmas’ featuring some carols and a Christmas poem, with all proceeds going to the WESTON RNLI to raise money for a new lifeboat station in the town. This cd will be available in shops In the town from the beginning of December, and from the RNLI website.

On Friday 20th December DHSS can be seen at: The Regency Pub, 22-24 Lower Church Rd

7.30 pm

Unwined, 1 South Parade

8.30 pm

George and Dragon, 22-26 Orchard Street

9.30 pm

Bristol Hotel, 29 Locking Rd

10.30 pm

A collection for the lifeboats will be taken at these venues where the cds will be available, and the ensemble will perform half an hour of Christmas music.

CD £5. All proceeds go to WESTON RNLI.

Any other charities interested in DHSS performing to raise money should contact the secretary at

4 Seasons

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Mendip Gliding Club, Halesland Airfield, New Road, Draycott, Cheddar, N Somerset, BA5 3BX

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Weston businesses wish you all a

Happy Christmas and prosperous New Year

Local Gig Guide - December 2013

4th December 12th December Rob & Ron

Loves Cafe 01934 645672 Loves Cafe, 9 West St, WsM

5th December

With Nell and I

The Swinging Rascals Loves Cafe ÂŁ22 a ticket (includes two course candlelit supper) 01934 645672 Loves Cafe, 9 West St, WsM

6th December Rob Lear

Loves Cafe 01934 645672 Loves Cafe, 9 West St, WsM

Seedy Cases The Golden Lion 95 High street, Worle, North Somerset BS22 6ET goldenlionworle

Grouve Cat

Loves Cafe 01934 645672 Loves Cafe, 9 West St, WsM

14th December The Flower Power Band

Rookery Manor Hotel Edingworth Road, Westonsuper-Mare, North Somerset BS24 0JB 01934 750200/07767 391504 rookerymanorhotel

Rude Awakening The Old Pier Tavern, Burnham-on-Sea Pier Street, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset TA8 1BT 01236 987456 oldpiertavern

The Morettis

7th December

20th December

Loves Cafe 01934 645672 Loves Cafe, 9 West St, WsM

The Laylines

Loves Cafe 01934 645672 Loves Cafe, 9 West St, WsM

Loves Cafe 01934 645672 Loves Cafe, 9 West St, WsM


21st December

The Royal Clarence Hotel 31 The Esplana, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset TA8 1BQ 01278 783138 royalclarencehotel

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13th December

The Brewers Arms Church Street, Banwell, North Somerset BS29 6EA 01934 414141 brewersarmsbanwell

Hot Rinks


Vince Freeman

The Royal Clarence Hotel 31 The Esplana, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset TA8 1BQ 01278 783138 royalclarencehotel

The Stanleys

Live Lounge 28 West St, WsM 01934 635444 liveloungewestonsupermare Call 01934 820041

Local Gig Guide


24th December

1st-20th Dec

CAROLS with the Lipinski Brothers

Loves Cafe 3-6pm 01934 645672 Loves Cafe, 9 West St, WsM

Johnny Edgar

The Nut Tree 34 Ebdon Rd, Weston-super-Mare BS22 6UN westonsupermarepeople. 01934 510900 Contact: Tracey

26th December Tom Canibear

Loves Cafe 01934 645672 Loves Cafe, 9 West St, WsM

28th December Towns

Loves Cafe 01934 645672 Loves Cafe, 9 West St, WsM

31st December Turn to Stone

The Nut Tree 34 Ebdon Rd, Weston-super-Mare BS22 6UN £5 ticket, 9pm 01934 510900 Contact: Tracey

The Stanleys The Ebdon Arms Lilac Way, Wick St Lawrence, Weston-Super-Mare, North Somerset BS22 9WE 01934 513005 ebdonarms

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Tyntesfield’s Christmas Events

Tyntesfield, Wraxall Tyntesfield is holding various christmas activities and festive concerts. For more details: 01275 461 900 or visit the website uk/tyntesfield

8th December Advent Carol Service All Saints All Saints Road, Weston-super-Mare BS23 2NL 4.00pm

14th December Advent Carol Service All Saints All Saints Road, Weston-super-Mare BS23 2NL Annual Carol Service in aid of Weston Hospicecare 7.00pm

Portishead Choral Society Christmas Messiah Concert

Methodist Church, High Street, Portishead Tickets: £10 on the door, £9 prebooked, £4 students from MorganWesley or choir members. Call: 01275 849 278 or

17th December Congresbury Singers Christmas Concert St Andrew’s Church Congresbury Tickets: £5 inc refreshments. Call: 07530 486 802


Companies around Worle, wish you all a

Happy Christmas and prosperous

New Year!

The Langford Inn 01934 863059 The Langford Inn are offering a great deal on their meals in January and have been good enough to let us have a voucher for our readers! Just fill it in and take it along. The Langford Inn, Lower Langford BS40 5BL.

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econd Lieutenant Wilfred Thomas Hucker M.M. was born in Horfield, Gloucestershire, in 1897 to John and Lucy Hucker (nee Baker). He left school at the age of 14 and joined Messrs Brown Brothers Ltd. as an errand boy. When war broke out he enlisted as a private in the 3rd battalion of the Somerset Light Infantry, which had a recruiting tent on the beach lawns at Weston-super-Mare. Through sheer merit he rose quickly to the rank of sergeant. The opportunity to display his native resourcefulness came during the attack on Deville Wood. The attack was held up at one point by an enemy machine gun. Wilfred, then only 19 years old, dashed through the hail of fire to kill the gunner and capture the weapon. For this courageous act he was awarded the Military Medal and a commission. For his achievement he was also presented with war bonds by the residents of Worle at the Village Club (now Worle Century Club). On his return to France he was posted to the 8th Batallion of the Somerset Light Infantry. On Saturday, 22 December 1917, his widowed mother received notification that her son had been wounded and a few days later that he had died of his wounds on 23 December 1917. He is buried in Bailleul Community Cemetery Extension (Nord). Frank Gosden Worle History Society


Worle History Society: Secretary Raye Green (01934) 516773 References: Weston Gazette, Weston-super-Mare Mercury, Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The society holds meetings in the Community Centre, Lawrence Road, Worle, on the first Thursday of the month at 7pm. All are welcome.


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Christmas and business mix? Very well indeed, but a lot of planning is needed. Think about increased sales, make sure you do not miss an opportunity to increase sales. Reduce perishable stock, fine tune holidays and the staff at your disposal. The very successful have already planned January sales. Clever marketing kick starts a new year with increased turnover and put in place special offers for end of line products. BOGOF has to be considered with all the other tactical strategies – you know our major stores buy in special stock to make the reductions needed. Sprat to catch a mackerel could be your tactic. All company sales targets set and agreed must be achievable. These may easily be supported by a strong advertising campaign – probably by radio. This is a good time to look at improving efficiency and analyse systems that may be old hat. Never plan to stay still. To cope with increasing overheads you must plan a parallel increase and then some – 15 to 20% is a good benchmark. Are all your team content? Is there a demand to make changes, upgrade of software, improved working conditions leads on to better productivity. Most businesses will work with targets for one year. Some will work with five years and the clever ones have a ten year plan. Don’t assume. Everything will go up and challenge all your charges, including rent, rates and utilities. Make sure you are working ON your business and not just IN your business. Should you be looking for a new, or your first office, it so happens I can give a lot of help in this area. Come and look around The Hive, our new block of serviced offices in Weston. We can offer free business advice, plus links to help with export, high growth or finance to assist with cashflow. Call 01934 418118 if you need advice. This is the one stop shop for the self employed and now the business bee hive for North Somerset where we can often sweeten the pill.

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North Somerset Council leads the way A report has recognised North Somerset Council as the top performing local authority for saving carbon emissions through recycling services.

The Recycling Carbon Index, by Bristol-based waste consultancy Eunomia, says the council saved 112kg of carbon dioxide per person through their recycling services in 2011/12, which is more than equal to the emission of every resident driving over 500km. If every authority performed at this level, the UK would save 6.72million tonnes of carbon dioxide each year – the equivalent of taking 2.2million cars off the road. Eunomia’s Recycling Carbon Index assesses the carbon emissions impact of local authorities’ recycling work in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in 2011/12, measuring the kilograms of carbon emissions saved per person by each council’s recycling service. The top 10% of English authorities are categorised as ‘high flyers’. These councils recover three times the amount of textiles, twice the amount of metal, 80 per cent more plastics and 50 per cent more paper compared to the ‘poor performers’ - the bottom 30 per cent. Cllr Peter Bryant, North Somerset Council’s executive member responsible for recycling and waste services said:“We are delighted at this result, which highlights our excellent recycling services and I specifically want to thank residents for continuing to recycle so well”. “We have had a lot of success with our ‘Don’t Waste it!’ campaign, where our waste advisors have been talking to residents about recycling, which has resulted in an extra 300 tonnes of kerbside recycling being collected in October, compared to the previous month. Our recent WEEE amnesty events at town and parish halls have also proved very successful with eight tonnes of electrical equipment being handed in, which could have ended up in landfill. “Although we are doing well, it must be realised that there is still a significant amount of people in North Somerset who fail to recycle at all, if they did it would save £1.4m which equates to a saving of £17 on everyone’s Council Tax. The message is absolutely clear - we need to keep recycling!” James Fulford, Director at Eunomia, said:“North Somerset Council are to be congratulated for the really high level of carbon dioxide savings that their comprehensive kerbside collections and Household Waste Recycling Centres deliver. As a resident of the local area, I’d urge the council to keep up the excellent work, and not to rest on its laurels. We expect that more authorities will be trying to reach the standard that North Somerset Council currently manages.”

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Christmas Festivities! Christmas is almost upon us and with lots of sweets and goodies about we must be cautious what our pets can get too! Cats and dogs can both be cheeky if food is left out and available, so it’s important to keep your Christmas treats out of reach at all times. A small amount of chocolate or raisins can be poisonous including those in cakes and puddings. They will make your pet feel very poorly and can leave them with long term organ damage and can even kill in high quantities if left untreated.

During the periods we are closed, we still have our emergency service available 24/7 which is based at Green Pastures. Please call the normal practice number which will give you the emergency vets details. We hope however everyone has a trouble free, enjoyable Christmas. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

If you suspect your pet could have eaten anything however small please call us immediately for advice, every minute counts in these cases.

Another consideration over the New Year period is fireworks. There are many products available to help reduce your pets anxiety. If they suffer particularly badly, then following an appointment with one of our vets, mild sedatives may be prescribed. Some products to reduce anxiety need to be started a few weeks before the period of stress so it’s a good idea to call us or pop in and speak to us soon. If your pet seems stressed try to keep calm, muffle scary noises, don’t over-fuss them, provide a hiding place and keep them inside. Our opening times will be slightly different over the festive period so please check our website, Facebook page or speak to us for the exact times.



December 2013

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Have your say on Somerset’s flood strategy Members of the public are being invited to have their say on plans to manage the risk of flooding in Somerset. The Flood Risk Management Strategy sets out the approach Somerset County Council, as Lead Local Flood Authority, proposes to take to limit the impacts of flooding across the county. Deputy Leader of Somerset County Council, Cllr David Hall, said:“This is a good opportunity for members of the public to get involved by providing their feedback on draft plans to help to minimise the potentially devastating effects of flooding in the county. “We can’t guarantee that Somerset won’t face flooding again but we are putting robust plans in place to deal with the effects in a co-ordinated manner should we face the levels of flooding we have in recent years.” Produced by Somerset County Council with input from the district and borough councils, the Environment Agency, water and sewerage companies, and the Internal Drainage Boards, the strategy outlines who is responsible for clearing gullies, watercourses and managing surface water and groundwater, as well as helping members of the public to manage their own flood risk. The final strategy will add to the measures Somerset County Council has already taken to combat flooding in the county, including the £200,000 Flood Mitigation Fund, £300,000 for dredging and £50,000 provided to help victims of floods earlier this year. People can provide their feedback an all aspects of the strategy with the information gathered and being fed into the final version of the ‘Flood Risk Management Strategy’. To view the draft strategy and complete the on-line questionnaire, please visit: The consultation closes on 23 December with a final draft going to Cabinet for approval on 5 February 2014. For more information contact Jonathan Williams, PR & Communications Officer, on 01823 358175 or email:



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