Review of the Year 2012 - August


Carnival cancelled – just for one year: Organisers of Portishead’s annual carnival announced they will take a year off in 2013 after spending 10 years at the helm. Jemma Cooper and Wendy Watkins stepped into run the carnival after it was in danger of dying out due to lack of support. Since then, it has become one of the most popular events in the Portishead calendar.

Down came the rain…: Nailsea and Portbury were two of the worst-hit areas which fell victim to flood water after a torrential downpour turned streets into fast flowing rivers and gardens and driveways into ponds. The first of three major flooding incidents to hit North Somerset in 2012, the August flooding resulted in hundreds of people calling for the assistance of the fire service to pump water away from their properties.

Town police station is set to move into ‘modern’ council offices: Avon and Somerset police revealed plans to close Clevedon Police Station and move the whole operation into the North Somerset Council-owned Castlewood complex on the outskirts of the town. The move will mean the eventual sale of the police station in Queens Road.

Flower shows proved a huge success across North Somerset throughout August, despite the bad weather having an affect on growers’ efforts. Children and adults took part in the events which featured a huge range of categories to enter their creations into.

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