Review: November 2009

PUBLISHED: 18:07 01 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:30 25 May 2010

November: Skaters get a new play area – New skateboard equipment was unveiled in Backwell.


Skaters get a new play area - New skateboard equipment was unveiled in Backwell. Parents in the Downside area of the village helped to raise money for the facility at Oatfield Play Area to give older children something to do. The £11,000 project was funded by the parish council, Bristol International Airport and Tarmac.

All I want is to get out and about - Clevedon grandmother Jill Pow made an appeal for someone to donate her 12-year-old grandson, Jordan, a trike. The youngster suffers from cerebral palsy so cannot use a normal bike. Just three days after the appeal was put in the Times, Jordan had already been donated a trike.

Hairdressers hit by burglars - Several hair salons in the North Somerset area were broken into as part of a spate of burglaries. From SP Hair Company in Nailsea, thieves stole a laptop, iPods and 17 GHD hair straighteners. Broad Street Hair in Nailsea also fell victim after an attempted break-in.

Support our skatepark - Members of Portishead Skatepark Project urged people in the town to pledge their support for a facility at the Lake Grounds. A formal planning application was submitted to North Somerset Council after several years of planning and consultations.

Campaigners' bridge delight - Disabled campaigners in Nailsea and Backwell were celebrating after work was carried out to widen the pavement under the railway bridge. Members of Backwell Access Group had been campaigning for a wider path beneath the railway station since February 2008.

Blackbeard meets pirate pupils - Children at Golden Valley Primary School in Nailsea came face-to-face with a villain from the past when they met Pirate Pete. He told the youngsters about the past of Blackbeard, who is rumoured to have been a Bristolian.

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