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New Village Hall – pledge update

The deadline date for the pledge request has been extended to the end of September to give more time for the community to significantly increase the amount raised currently standing at £111,275.

We have had made some changes; the minimum amount for the shares pledge will be £100, and pledges can be made online via our website –

We are in discussions with a potential investor willing to make a substantial pledge to help the project achieve its targets, subject to some conditions. If we can finalise this pledge it will be a significant boost to the project and help with our discussions with potential funders. But the community must reach the minimum £250,000 target.

Some 127 pledges have been received so there are well over 2,000 other people in the village who could pledge.

We are working through the feedback we have received and will issue further updates over the next couple of weeks.


Latest CRAG report…..

Congresbury Residents Action  Group(CRAG) along with members of other North Somerset resident groups, has accused an influential district council committee of dereliction of duty.
Delegates to the North Somerset Village Alliance (NSVA) meeting at Churchill, expressed amazement that members of the Strategic Planning & Economic Development & Scrutiny Panel (SPED) did not appear to know what they were doing.
The criticism follows a recent meeting of SPED at which members did not seem to realise that their function was  to hold the Council Executive to account.      Chair of CRAG Mary Short said: “We have looked at the  Council’s Constitution and that is precisely their job. The clue is in the committee’s title – scrutiny – I don’t know what else they think is their reason for existence if not to scrutinise the Executive.”    Click here to read full report from John Mills.   

Emergency Services Open Day 2018

This is a reminder to those of you who still wish to book tickets for the Emergency Services Open Day on Sunday 16 September at Police and Fire HQ Portishead.
The previous round of tickets made available were snapped up via the on-line booking system in only 3 minutes.   There will be 2 more issues of tickets and we expect them to be just as popular. These will be released on the following dates:    At 1pm on 8 August, and  at 7pm on 28 August
The link to book these tickets is:
PLEASE NOTE – This is a ticketed event only and you will need a valid ticket to attend.
AVON & SOMERSET CONSTABULARY are delighted to announce that they will be opening the doors of Police and Fire HQ at Portishead on Sunday 16 September for our annual Emergency Services Open Day.   For free tickets & full details  of this amazing day click here.

Pedestrian crossing feedback, by Ian Shepherd

Part of the feedback we received from the pledge request for the new village hall, regarded sorting out the pedestrian crossing at the Precinct as some see that as a higher priority.
As I use this crossing daily and have experienced how dangerous it can be. I did write to North Somerset Council (NSC) back in 2012, but as only 1 recorded incident happened in the previous 3 years their only suggestion was using the local speedwatch group to monitor, but that did not happen.

There is currently an opportunity to lobby the Parish Council by commenting on its transport section of the Neighbourhood Plan –…/Congresbury%20Neighbourh…

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My name is Immy Treasure-Smith and I have lived in Congresbury all my life. I have just finished 6th form at Churchill Academy and I am planning to volunteer for VSO for three months from Autumn 2018.
I have to raise £1,500 for VSO to be accepted and I will be doing this by working as many shifts as possible as a waitress and organising local fundraising events.

Pub Quiz at The Plough , Congresbury, Sunday 26th August 8.00pm

‘CREAM TEA’ ’ at Congresbury Methodist Church Hall on Saturday 8th September 3.00-5.00pm

I’ll be giving out free packets of SMARTIES wherever I can to firstly enjoy and then hopefully they can be filled with spare 20p’s and popped through the letter box of Willowmead, 27 Street, Congresbury, BS495EY.

If you want to donate to my ‘Just Giving Page’ go to and go to the search bar. Type in Immy Treasure-Smith and my page should appear.

I will be working for three months in Kenya. I have been posted to the community of LoitoKitok in Masaai country near the Tanzanian border. The project will involve me in teaching girls and teenage young women who are illiterate. This is the main cause of poverty in the region. I will aim to teach, support and inspire these girls to help them access education, vocational skills, employment and health services so they can break out of a long standing cycle of poverty. ( I can provide much more detailed information if anyone would like it).
Please don’t feel obliged in any way as I know how many demands there are to support charitable causes. However If you are interested or able to help me work on this really worthwhile project I am listing below the fundraising events I am organising in the near future.

I thank you so very much for your interest and support and I hope to do my very best in my work ahead in Africa.

Thieves operating in Congresbury

My son had his works van broken into overnight on Tuesday night and all his tools stolen. He has worked really hard to get tools together as he has worked through his electrical apprenticeship. Now almost qualified and this happens. Did anyone hear or see anything odd that night, or if similar happened elsewhere in the village? We are in Homefield and think the thieves prob parked in Park Road (between Tincknells & Homefield) and walked round to Homefield – we found a couple of small items they had dropped.
Also as a warning that thieves are operating in the area so take extra care.
Thank you
Sarah Matthews

Update to this item from Sarah. Amazingly Adam’s tools were found and handed into Police and returned to him today!
Police think all the media coverage may have given thieves cold feet.

Crime Commissioner drop in session

Your Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens will be holding a public drop-in surgery at Weston-super-Mare Town Hall on Wednesday 15th August at 12pm until 1:30pm.

Come along and speak with Sue and officers from the local neighbourhood team to discuss policing in your area.

Find the The Town Hall at: 12 Oxford St, Weston-super-Mare BS23 1UP

Make sure you follow us on social media @aandspcc to keep up to date with all the latest information from your PCC.

YACWAG. Yatton & Congresbury Wildlife Action Group

In the latest newsletter, you will find a report on the Love Congresbury weekend at St Andrews, the Claverham bat survey reveals it is best out of 868 other sites across the country and much more.

If you are making a will, please consider making YACWAG a beneficiary as a way of supporting future land purchase.

For the full newsletter click here.

For the website click here.



Planning Application

Land South Of Cobthorn Way Wrington Lane Congresbury

Date Fri 13 Jul 2018
Application Type Reserved matters application for matters of appearance, landscaping, layout and scale for the erection of 38 dwellings
Development Reserved matters application for matters of appearance, landscaping, layout and scale for the erection of 38 dwellings pursuant to Outline Consent 15/P/0519/O ( for residential development of 38 single and two storey dwellings (including 11 affordable homes) with vehicular access off Wrington Lane/Cobthorn Way together with open space, landscaping, drainage features and pumping station. Details of access to be decided but all other matters reserved for subsequent approval). Discharge of conditions 7 (public footpath); 8 (surface water); 9 (foul water); 10 (landscaping); 13 (sample of materials); 14 (boundary treatment); 16 (ecological protection plan); 21(Construction method statement); 22 (Energy); 23, 24, 27, 28 and 29 (Drainage/Flood management) from application 15/P/0519/O

Link to full details

Village bowlers reach England final

Four bowlers from Congresbury Bowling Club head to the England finals at Leamington Spa next month after winning the Somerset area final of the national mixed fours competition.

The team, Ann King, Clive Shipway and Kate and Brian Herbison reached the national finals after a nailbiting win against a team from Weston-super-Mare when they squandered an eight-shot lead and only clinched victory in the dying moments of the match.

Congresbury has also had notable success in the national Tony Allcock Trophy (otherwise known as the Over 60s National Mixed Two Rink Competition). Congresbury won the Somerset Area Final and now face St Austell of Cornwall for place in the National Finals at Leamington. The two Congresbury rinks are (left to right) Ann King, Brian Herbison, Dawn Harrison, Steve Eastment, Kate Herbsion, Reg Birmingham and Jenny and Dave Byett.

Community Roadshow in the Precinct

Come and informally meet your local agencies including Police, Trading Standards, Age UK & Village Agent outside the Cottage Loaf. There is advice on reducing the risk of being scammed and what services are available from your local village agent for the over 50’s.
On Wednesday 29th August 2018, 9:30 – 11:00  at                                 The Precinct, Brinsea Rd, Congresbury

Future plans for Churchill & Langford queried

A series of questions on the viability, legality and wisdom of aspects of future plans for Churchill and Langford, has been delivered to North Somerset Council by a local action group.
Churchill and Langford Residents Action Group – CALRAG – posed the questions to the council’s Strategic Planning and Economic Development Scrutiny Panel, the influential committee that steers councillors in shaping the future of the area.   Read more

Middlecombe Nursery Celebrates 30 years in Congresbury

Established since 1988, Middlecombe is very much a family business run by husband and wife, Nigel and Isy North. It’s home to a wonderful selection of shrubs, perennials, climbers, grasses, conifers and trees, many grown on site, alongside quality Dutch and Italian stock including large specimen plants for instant gardens and a wide selection of exotics, palms and bamboos.

Situated a short distance from the A370 between Bristol and Weston-super-Mare, on the edge of the village of Congresbury, the site covers approximately three acres in a slightly hidden countryside setting.

The nursery has car parking and is within easy walking distance of a Bus Stop on the Bristol road. 

Wrington Road, Congresbury, BS49 5AN
Open to the general public. Check the website for seasonal opening times.

Planning Application

Land To The South Of Cadbury Garden Centre Bristol Road Congresbury

Date Wed 27 Jun 2018
Application Type Reserved matters application for layout, scale, appearance and landscaping
Development Reserved matters application for layout, scale, appearance and landscaping following outline planning consent 16/P/2982/O (erection of up to 21no. dwellings. Access to be determined with all other matters reserved for subsequent approval) for the erection of 21no. dwellings

Link to full details

Village fete sizzling and successful

Tropical temperatures did not deter villagers from flocking to St. Andrew’s church paddock, for Congresbury village fete and Flower show, which was better than ever this year, with attractions for all ages.

The upbeat sound of the Cadbury Saxophones encouraged slackers to the event, and the paddock was filled with stalls, manned  by different village groups, coupled with a bouncy slide and ball pool, and a display by Avon Owls.

The Morgan car display of handmade luxury vehicles, and the vintage cars displayed by Debbie Fortune, the Audi shortly destined for Le Mans, drew appreciative crowds, mainly men.

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Big Breakfast

Please note that this year the Big Breakfast for Weston Hospicecare will be on Saturday 15th September from 9.30 to 12noon at a new venue, the Methodist Hall. Do come along and support this event as it is a big fundraiser for the hospice. See ‘what’s on’ for details.