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After more than 37 years at the helm of a family-run flooring specialist in Nailsea, managing director Steve Williams has hung up his tape measure.

A family-run firm which was founded more than a century ago is offering virtual removal quotes to get people moving as soon as lockdown restrictions are relaxed.

A healthy litter of puppies delivered by caesarean section was one of two happy outcomes of an emergency vet team still saving lives during lockdown.

An 88-year-old resident at a Clevedon retirement complex walks a mile every day, despite being on daily dialysis, and says he feels ‘among the most fortunate older men in the country’ to be having his every need met during the current lockdown.

Saving a Nailsea couple from running out of gas is all in a day’s work for estate agents Hensons, whose staff regularly keep in contact with clients.

Protecting and caring for your children is as important as ever during these uncertain times, says a North Somerset legal practice.

A professional will writer recognising that people need to get their affairs in order now more than ever is offering her services at half price during the coronavirus crisis.

Pets which become ill during this time of businesses being closed and people being told to stay at home will still be treated, assures a North Somerset vet practice.

Being in the caring profession has prompted the owner of Clevedon-based Alvony House to offer rooms on a temporary basis to older people who would otherwise be on their own while self-isolating during the coronavirus crisis.

Shoplands Christmas tree giveaway

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Following on from the success of last year’s competition, Clevedon family business Shopland Sawmills will once again bring some Christmas cheer to two local families, by giving away two home-grown 6ft Nordmann fir trees worth £45 each.

You would be hard pressed to find a more heart-warming show than Calendar Girls – The Musical which is playing at Bristol’s Hippodrome theatre.

I had always wondered why a simple murder mystery has become the longest-running West End show of all time above all the technical wizardry, catchy songs and flamboyant staging of the modern musical, so I tiptoed towards the Bristol Hippodrome last night (Monday), deerstalker on head, and magnifying glass in hand, to catch the opening night of The Mousetrap.

Always happy to revisit my childhood years, I skipped along in the pouring rain to the Bristol Hippodrome for the opening night of Fame – The Musical last night (Monday).

Sensational sights, smells and sounds tempted visitors to sample a spectacular array of tasty treats during a celebration of all things food-related at the weekend so it would have been churlish not to check it out for myself, just for research purposes you understand!

It is very rare that a theatre show touches your soul (or should that be sole?!) but that’s exactly what Kinky Boots, which opened at the Bristol Hippodrome on Monday, did for me when I saw it last night (Tuesday).

A troublesome schoolboy crashed his colourful hot-dog bedecked car into Bristol’s Hippodrome last night (Wednesday) to provide the perfect antidote to school-holiday boredom.

I was so privileged to see my childhood idol, the irrepressible Toyah, perform at Bristol’s Fleece on Thursday evening as I had never seen her sing her own songs live before, despite being a fan since I was 11.

Review: Madagascar The Musical

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The wonderfully colourful and hilarious spectacle that is Madagascar The Musical got families to ‘Move It, Move It’ at The Hippodrome, in Bristol, when it opened last night (Tuesday).

I was full of anticipation to see a stage production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang open at The Bristol Hippodrome last night (Tuesday) as it is always lovely to revisit childhood memories.

Having never seen the movie, a musical version of An Officer And A Gentleman had not appealed to me before attending the opening night at the Bristol Hippodrome last night.

Fans of the 1980s music and dance scene were treated to a flashback of neon legwarmers and spandex leotards when a musical based on the 1983 hit film Flashdance opened at the Bristol Hippodrome last night.

We all hope the sun stays out when we book a trip to the sea or countryside but if storm clouds loom there is no reason to be gloomy with these ten fun things to do in and around Weston and North Somerset.

Even if you are not the biggest fan of one of the most iconic bands of our generation there are so many layers to the new hit musical The Band, which opened at Bristol’s Hippodrome last night, that it is most definitely still worth catching.

I have been to many Indie music gigs in my time but I have never been to one where an orchestra and choir shared the stage as they did at Bristol’s Colston Hall on Friday evening.

When I booked to see Cilla The Musical which opened at Bristol’s Hippodrome last night I wondered how they would condense the 2014 TV drama about the meteoric rise of singer and presenter Cilla Black, which spanned several hours, into a two and a half-hour theatre show.

Big names of the music world will appear at Watchet Live Festival which is returning to Somerset this summer.

You pretty much know when you go and see an award-winning West End show it is going to be good - even a touring version. And the glitz, glamour and excitement of arriving at the press night of Wicked, which has flown into the Bristol Hippodrome this week, certainly prepared me for what was to come. Costumed dancers posed happily for photos against an awards-style backdrop and there were celebrities a-plenty for those who enjoy a bit of star-spotting like me!

If you are struggling to keep the children entertained now Christmas is over for another year, remember there is still time to watch a magical pantomime – oh yes there is!

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