Nailsea School community showcase

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By Carol_Deacon | Thursday, March 18, 2010, 20:49

THE butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker would all have been at home at Nailsea School community showcase day on Saturday.

To view all the photos go to the Nailsea People gallery called Community Showcase 2010.

The annual event was packed with things to do and people to see.

Outside was a pig roast, next door the mobile coffee shop run by Suzanne Cutler while across the paved area was the temporary skateboarding ramps set up by the community police.

Inside nearly a hundred stalls offering a host of community and commercial wares set up for business.

Westcoast estate agents sponsored the event although its boards along the periphery of the grounds looked as it was marketing the new £32 million school!

On the day there were stalls selling, promoting or offering advice on everything known to man or beast.

The Christian Mothers’ Union marketing co-ordinator Christine Mahony was there to promote the well-being of families worldwide while Nailsea Baptist Church gave away sachets of African gold freeze dried coffee while revealing its goodly plans for its new headquarters at Church House.

Southfield Church told of celebrating its 50th anniversary in Nailsea at the gospel hall in the road of the same name.

The conservationists were represented by the green gardeners from Transition Town Nailsea, Nailsea Environmental Trust and the National Trust.

People from Tyntesfield were on hand to explain about the exciting renovations going on at the big house down the road.

Friends of Nailsea Youth House John Dolman and Amy Hone illustrated the activities of 65 High Street with colourful posters, a music keyboard and photography advice.

And musicians from the school played a couple of skilled sets in the entrance foyer.

The Scouts, Girl Guides and theatre production company Tingill complimented the stands by demonstrating what they offered for young people to do in Nailsea.

Ellen Genge, of Nailsea & Backwell Children’s Centre, at Pound Lane, explained about the ‘a one-stop shop’ for children aged under five and their families including parenting, play and health issues.

Kate and Jenny, of Petal Portraits were recruiting for Celebrate Our Generation – Children of North Somerset 2010 which donates £30 per family photo sessions to Children’s Hospice South West.

Sarah Thorn, of Pure Body Botanics, sold soaps and scents from a skincare range made from natural ingredients while Angela Mortimer sold Bath Bubbles, just in time for Mother’s Day presents.

Talented Nailsea School student Amy Casto sold exquisite and reasonable priced handmade jewellery from her craft stall.

Also at the showcase was Jenny Tyler, of the Living (dlc) a local disability living centre offered free impartial expert advice on the gadgets and equipment that can make everyone’s life easier – practical solutions for everyday life.

Sue Ricketts, of Kaleidoscope, a friendly group who hold weekly sessions on Wednesday afternoons at Nailsea Youth House, gave out literature featuring actor Stephen Fry which illustrated how one in four people suffer mental distress at some time in their lives.

Linda Baker and Terri Hutton manned the Nailsea Disability Initiative stall. The group has a shop at Crown Glass Place which offers help and information on benefits, Blue Badge scheme and home help and respite care.

Peter Harrowell, Ann Harmson and Nansi Gould represented the St Peter’s Hospice charity shop in Nailsea High Street and Nailsea & District Horticultural Society was promoting its Spring Show on Saturday, April 3, which will also be held for the first time at the new school.

Nailsea Community Trust ‘who believe Nailsea is a good place in which to live and work’ is a charity set up in the 1980s as a safety net for those needing financial help. Nancy Elliott and Helen Owen gave out the leaflets.

Company sergeant Heidi Pursey and Sergeant Dan Hoos, of Somerset Army Cadet Force, talked about the fundraising for a new headquarters building at Whitefield Road – the preview one caught fire after an electrical fault in a fridge.

The junior corp is currently using the school as a parade ground and drill centre.

A school-based model aircraft group and The Rotary Club of Nailsea were among the willing participants.

Nailsea & District Chamber of Trade displayed business cards, contact details and nibbles made by chairman Gilly Chu, of Gilly’s café in the High Street.

Nailsea School head teacher David New said he was very impressed with the showcase and the opportunity for the wider community to use the purpose built facilities.

Assistant head of specialised learning Trudy Jones thanks everyone who helped and participated  on the day.

She said: "It was a worthwhile experience which we will learn and improve for next year."



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    This was a terrific opportunity for our community to get together and show what they can offer.  Feedback indicates that participants felt that it was a terrific networking opportunity - the results from which can only benefit our community and young people.   We were able to make links with all our community partners and offer them the opportunity to make the most of our facilities.  The relationships we have built with providers can only enhance learning opportunities for our students.  Next year's event will be held on 12th March.  A much more widespread marketing campaign will accompany this to increase the numbers of visitors.  If you are interested in taking part next year, please let me know.
    My sincere thanks to everyone that came and to all of our exhibitors.
    Trudy Jones
    Nailsea School

    By teacher2009 at 18:28 on 18/03/10

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