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2nd Tuesday in the month trips are starting again!

Tuesday 9h April to EXETER

Tuesday 14th May to CARDIFF

Tuesday 11th June to GLOUCESTER DOCKS

Pick up points: The Precinct 9.30am and Riverside Car Park, Millennium Green, Congresbury 9.40am – Return tbc on the day

Please note there will be a small charge of £2 per person (payable on bus)

To book a seat or for information please ring 01934 257247 or email: bookingmanagerbluey@gmail.com

(leave a message if no reply, we will get back to you)

All other Tuesday shopping trips to The Sovereign Shopping Centre, W-S-M

Peewits on the Strawberry Line

The recent snow and heavy rain has flooded many of the fields. The saturated ground must force worms and other grubs to the surface providing a good meal for the ‘Peewits’. We were lucky, as they chose the water logged fields along the Strawberry Line between Congresbury and Churchill. In times past they were a regular winter visitor and it was not unusual to see large flocks circling the low lying fields. But not for some time have I seen this number. An unexpected and most welcome treat.

Click to read full article by Michael Greaves

Gospel Choir raising the roof!

It’s surprising that St. Andrew’s church did not lose their roof with the stupendous sound raised by the Joyful Spirit Gospel choir and the Appleshed young people’s group, when they gave a concert in the church, postponed a week after the snow.

The church was full to bursting, and the audience responded as enthusiastically as the performers. The 40 strong Gospel choir were conducted by Alison Cooper, who led a succession of spirited, uplifting songs, accompanied by appropriate gestures and clapping, and with many strong soloists. The conductor showed her versatility when she accompanied one song on a saxophone. Outstanding among the items was a solo by Tina Gue, in a style reminiscent of Ella Fitzgerald, and an arrangement of Amazing Grace with beautiful solos by Fiona Phillips, Claire Kelly and Sally Vaux. click here for the full report written by Marion Johnson

Coffee Shop Opens Wednesday

Community Coffee@Bridge House opens its doors on Wednesday 13th February at 8.45am (until 1.00pm) serving up fresh tea & coffee, tea cakes, toast, and homemade cakes. The Coffee Shop is in Bridge House, part of the Debbie Fortune Estate Agency building who have allowed the use of two rooms in line with their continued commitment to local charitable causes across all their offices.

It will initially only be open on Wednesday & Friday mornings with the hope that opening could be extended depending upon use. If you would like to volunteer to work there for all, or part of, a session then please contact Rose Osborne at roseosborne294@gmail.com.

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Twitter – @congresburynvh 

Website – http://www.congresburyvillagehall.co.uk/

Registered no. 7759

Planning Application

Withydale Farm Weston Road Congresbury BS49 5ED

Date Thu 17 Jan 2019
Application Type Application to amend condition
Development Application to amend condition No. 1 on application 18/P/2290/FUL (Application for removal of condition number 2 imposed on reserved matters approval 17/P/1265/RM (Application for approval of reserved matters of landscaping, scale and external appearance for the erection of 5 no. dwellings following outline approval ) to allow minor alterations to window position td>

Link to full details

Congresbury Singers’ April concerts

Congresbury Singers are presenting two concerts in April this year.  

The first will be on Saturday 6 April 2019 at 7:30pm in St Andrew’s Church, Congresbury.   Directed by Gordon Pullin this will be Johann Sebastian Bach’s setting of St Luke’s Passion.  There is some academic debate about the authorship of this work but, whoever its composer, this is a charming work, essentially a sequence of recitatives, choruses and chorales, in a somewhat gentle but powerful telling of the Passion story.
For this performance we will be joined by Katie Chappell on violin and Bruce Saunders and Simon Perkins, baritones.  Tickets will cost £8.00 including refreshments and can be obtained in advance from Congresbury Post Office, or pay on the door. 

The second concert will be our annual touring performance of Stainer’s Crucifixion on Tuesday 16 April 2019 at 8:00pm in St Peter’s Church, Draycott.  Barry Rose will play the organ and Bruce Saunders, baritone, will again be joining us for this performance.  The performance will be free, with a retiring collection in support of the St Peter’s church organ fund. 

Proposed exhibition of Violet Graham paintings

Do you have a painting by Violet Graham?

In May of this year we are hoping to stage  an exhibition of Violet’s pictures in Burrington Parish Church.   

Violet Graham: painted scenes of Congresbury

After her retirement from teaching Violet painted many local scenes around Blagdon, Burrington and Congresbury.  It is now some years since Violet died and we felt it would be nice to put together a collection of her works to be exhibited over a weekend in May of this year.  

If you are lucky enough to have one of her pictures, and would be happy to lend it to us for a weekend we would love to hear from you.

Jane Dixon : 01934 862248 jandjdixon@waitrose.com

Mike McLennan: 01761 462586 mandsmcllennan@hotmail.co.uk

One of Violet Graham’s paintings

Charity boxes stolen

Overnight 27-28 January a commercial property at Silver Street, Congresbury was broken into. Doors were forced open, a search took place and charity boxes stolen.

Do you have any cricketing memories?

To mark 175 years of village cricket, part of this year’s celebrations will include the launch of a new booklet. Congresbury Cricket Club vice president, Clive Burlton, is pulling together the publication and is looking for more stories, memories and photographs to help tell the story of cricket in the village since the 1840s. If you have anything at all, and would like to help please contact Clive on 07918 071008 or 01934 832113 or email cburlton@aol.com

Flog It for Congresbury!

The fundraising group for Congresbury’s new village hall (CVH) are getting together with Clevedon Salerooms to hold a special valuation event on 27th February to identify auction lots and they hope to raise thousand of pounds for the new village hall by auctioning the donated items. 

Members of the public can bring along any unwanted but interesting and saleable, antique or vintage objects to the new Community Coffee Shop on Broad Street to be valued on the spot by a Clevedon Salesrooms valuer. There will be a £3 valuation charge for one item with subsequent item valuations at just £1.00 each and no fees will be charged if the item/s are put up auction. All valuation and sale proceeds will go directly to CVH funds as Clevedon Salerooms have generously agreed to waive their fees for the CVH lots which will be auctioned in their sale on 21st March.

The valuation event will take place from 2-5pm on Wednesday 27th February but CVH Ltd are happy to receive any suitable items for the auction at any time and can arrange collection and storage before the valuation and auction events. Contact Ron Hall ron.hall43@btinternet.com 07770 738091 or see www.congresburyvillagehall.co.uk for further information.

Summer fete confirmed

This  year’s fete will be on Saturday June 29. There will be a planning meeting for interested groups on Wednesday March 13 at 7pm in The Old School Rooms.

Organisation of the fete has been taken on by Love Congresbury. Richard Jones and Unsal Hassan, who have organised the fete for several years, will act as advisers during the handover period.

The theme for this year’s fete will be cricket in recognition of the fact that Congresbury Cricket Club will be celebrating 175 years of village cricket this year.

The cricket club is planning a week of activities starting on the eve of the fete.

More details on the fete and 175-year celebrations will follow in due course.

Wassail at the Millenium Orchard

On Saturday 12th January, 2019 at 3pm more than 50 adults, children and pets met at the Youth Club building by the Riverside Car Park to take part in the third village Wassail. The crocodile of folk who were singing and making lots of noise to ward off evil spirits, paraded across the Millenium Green, over the bridge to the orchard. They were led by the Green Man (Brian Kemplay) and the music of Dave Byett with his squeeze box. After a speech by the Green Man the three Congresbury Beauty apples were danced around 3 times in a clockwise direction by villagers making as much noise as possible. The trees were then blessed and two young helpers put toast on the trees & sprinkled cider at their base to encourage new growth and fruit.

Afterwards the revellers returned to the Youth Club to enjoy hot apple juice from the Orchard and a variety of apple cakes made by volunteers from Congresbury Youth Partnership.

Editorial & photographs by Peter Hughes & Bryony Goodesmith

Calling all photographers

If you would like to enter a photograph in the village wildlife photography competition (see poster below) hand it into the library, with your contact details on the reverse before Saturday February 23.

All photographs will be on display in the library for 2 weeks and members of the public will be asked to vote for their favourite photo in each class.

Congresbury Allotments and Gardener’s Association AGM

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 7TH 7.30PM OLD SCHOOL ROOMS All tenants are welcome Please note that three members of the existing committee are stepping down from the association this year. Volunteers are needed to take their place or the association will fold. If you are willing to help please come to the AGM.

FREE DROP-OFF TO BE INTRODUCED AT BRISTOL AIRPORT

A commitment to open an authorised waiting area for taxis, combined with a free-of-charge drop off facility for all vehicles (as an alternative to the existing Express Drop Off), is included in the airport’s proposals for the Section 106 Agreement which would accompany permission for growth beyond the current cap of 10 million passengers a year.   North Somerset Council is currently consulting a planning application for facilities required to handle 12 million passengers a year by the mid-2020s

Click here for information on passenger numbers

Photo issued of 88-year-old robbery victim as part of appeal for information


The victim was walking with her husband when someone snatched her handbag from her arm causing her to fall to the ground. The incident happened on Colonel Stephens Way, Weston-Super-Mare at approximately 1.50pm on Thursday, 10 January. After stealing the handbag, the offender ran off down an alleyway leading to Oakford Avenue where it was later recovered having had cash and a bank card stolen from inside.
“Did you see what happened?

“Did you see anyone running away from Colonel Stephens Way and discarding items around the time?

“Or, did you capture anything on your dashcam as you drove through the area?

“Information, no matter how insignificant you might think it is, might prove crucial to us finding whoever is responsible.”

A 30-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of robbery and has since been released under investigation.

If you can help, please call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5219006773
You can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their Anonymous Online Form.

No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court or have to speak to police when contacting Crimestoppers.

Neighbourhood Development Plan

North Somerset Council are now consulting on the Congresbury Neighbourhood Development Plan for 6 weeks commencing on 14 January 2019 in accordance with Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning Regulation (General) 2012. Following this consultation the intention is to submit the Plan for independent examination. This is the last chance to comment on the plan before it is put forward for examination. Your comments must be received no later than 5pm on Monday 25 February 2019. 

Congresbury Parish Council, with help from the local community, have prepared the Neighbourhood Development Plan. The plan will help to shape the parish in forthcoming years and will be used to help make decisions on planning applications within the parish. The plan proposes allocating land for housing and employment, aims to protect local green spaces, valued countryside and community facilities, proposes improvements to cycle routes and highways and aims to protect and enhance the historic environment. 

The neighbourhood plan area covers the whole of Congresbury Parish and consultation on the draft Neighbourhood Plan (Reg. 14) took place between 30 July and 17 September 2018.Following this consultation further amendments were made to the plan and the Congresbury Neighbourhood Development Plan was formally submitted to the Council on 17 December 2018. 

The best way to comment on the submitted plan is online. The Congresbury Neighbourhood Development Plan and all supporting document on our website at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/congresburyplan

Alternatively you can e-mail your comments to: planning.policy@n-somerset.gov.uk

or write to:

Planning Policy Team, Post point 15, Town Hall, Walliscote Grove Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1UJ