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Barn Dance

There will be a Barn Dance on Friday 12th October in aid of Congresbury New Village Hall.
7.45 to 11.00 in the Old School Rooms. Tickets £8, to include a hot dog (Hodder’s sausage).
Bar and raffle. Popular local caller and band.
Tickets from Church House Designs or Rose on 01934 838800..

Launch of computer ‘Code Club’

FREE taster session at Congresbury Youth Club  between 4.30pm and 6pm on Monday 1st October. 

Aimed for children aged between 8years – 12 years old.

Young people and parents can come and find out what it’s all about, and register to join us.   Subsequent sessions will  be scheduled every Monday of term time,  at times from 3.30 until about 6.30, depending on demand.  They will  cost  £1.50 per session, and initially equipment will be available to borrow.  Keen new programmers may eventually need to buy themselves some equipment, perhaps a  Raspberry  Pi of their own to work on at home, but no need to do so immediately.  Our tutors will advise you. What is a Raspberry Pi?   It’s a tiny computer, cheap enough that young people can experiment with programming it themselves, and through our project can develop coding skills to produce simple games, control models and much more. We can also help you with the programming language Python, which you may need for your IT homework.

If you are a young person interested in joining this group, come along on Oct 1st, or contact cidercot.alex@gmail.com

Check out:  https://www.codeclub.org.uk.  Our club may not be exactly like this, but it gives you an idea.

If you are an adult with any time to help, please let us know.  Skills are not essential.    We need tea-makers as well as computer programmers, though a  knowledge of both would be perfect, of course.

 

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The Strawberry Line – 5 years on

Michael Greaves shares his reflections on the last 5 years of the Strawberry line…..

In 2013 I wrote a monthly account of my walks along the ‘Strawberry Line’ from The Old Station to Thatcher’s Cider Factory. Thanks to my Daughter lending me one of bikes, I have taken to the saddle and enjoyed a few leisurely rides along the ‘Old Railway Line’ and thought some might be interested in what’s happened in the last 5 years.

                    

Looking back at my account of September 2013, we were remembering the last train that travelled from Wells to Yatton on 7th September 1963 – 50 years ago. I haven’t seen any accounts of the 55 years that have now elapsed, but a lot has happened in the last 5 years.   Firstly, the Strawberry Line is as beautiful as ever. We are so fortunate to have this open space on our door step. I haven’t been as far as Thatcher’s Orchards for a few years and not since we lost our beloved Black Labrador ‘Minton’. He was the main reason I walked along the Strawberry Line every morning and evening. But, its pure magic and the views are spectacular with wildlife in abundance.  Read more

Code Club

CODE CLUB is a new opportunity for young people in Congresbury, aimed at young people aged 8 -15 who are interested in learning the basics of computer programming.

FREE taster session at Congresbury Youth Club  between 4.30pm and 6pm on Monday 1stOctober. 

Subsequent sessions will be scheduled every Monday of term time, at times from 3.30 until about 6.30, depending on demand. They will cost  £1.50 per session, and initially equipment will be available to borrow. Keen new programmers may eventually need to buy themselves some equipment, perhaps a Raspberry Pi of their own to work on at home, but no need to do so immediately. What is a Raspberry Pi?  It’s a tiny computer, cheap enough that young people can experiment with programming it themselves, and through our project can develop coding skills to produce simple games, control models and much more.  Volunteer tutors will also help you with the programming language Python, which is taught in our local secondary schools. If you are a young person interested in joining this group, come along on Oct 1st, preferably with a parent who can sign you up, or contact cidercot.alex@gmail.com to find out more. If you are an adult with any time to help, please let us know. Skills are not essential. We need tea-makers as well as computer programmers, though a knowledge of both would be perfect, of course.

Check out:  https://www.codeclub.org.uk.  Our club may not be exactly like this, but it gives you an idea.

Police Notice

Overnight 8-9 September a burglary occurred at a property in Venus Street, Congresbury. Window to the rear of the property forced open to gain entry and a search took place inside. No details of stolen items.

Flow – Depression and Anxiety Peer Support Group

Activity Depression and Anxiety Peer Support Group
Details We meet every Wednesday 10-11am in the room behind the
Methodist Church Hall. Come and join us for tea and a chat.
There’s no need to book, just turn up.
Contact Sarah Heiermann
Web facebook.com/flow.north.somerset
Email flow.nsomerset@gmail.com

Bowlers clinch county cup victory

Congresbury Ladies’ captain Chris Lewis receives the Fear Cup from Somerset Ladies County President Hilary Leamon

Congresbury Ladies won Somerset’s Fear Cup competition after a tense and tightly fought game at Ashcombe Park in Weston-super-Mare at the weekend.

Up against firm favourites and 2017 Fear Cup winners Portishead RBL, Congresbury, well supported by club members, fought back from 10 shots down at the halfway stage to clinch victory by five shots as the match reached its thrilling conclusion.

The ladies began their Fear Cup campaign with wins against Ashcombe Park, Mark Moor, Victoria, St Andrew’s (both Weston-super-Mare clubs) and then met Street for the semi-final played on a neutral green at Yeovil Bowling Club.

If you would like to join Congresbury Bowling Club please visit their website or email conbcsec@gmail.com

 

Plants stolen

A Chestnut Close resident warns villagers to be watchful following the theft of a planter and plants from the front of his property. Subsequently his neighbour had two expensive shrubs and pots stolen.

Sportsmen celebrate after tense weekend

Joe Thompson is applauded off the field after his match-winning 122 not out

Two of Congresbury’s sports clubs had reason to celebrate after a dramatic weekend of victories.

Cricketers won a vital survival match as did the village bowlers, both making sure they stay in premier leagues for 2019.

Meanwhile victory for Congresbury cricket club’s 2nd XI sees them promoted in the Bristol & District league as runners-up in Division 6 and reverses two seasons of decline.

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Big Breakfast for Weston Hospicecare

The BIG BREAKFAST in CONGRESBURY for WESTON HOSPICE CARE will take place a bit earlier than usual this year, on SATURDAY 15th SEPTEMBER 9.30 to 12.00. It will also be changing venue and will take place in the METHODIST HALL (approx. opposite the Ship and Castle car park) There will be the full breakfast or lighter bites, stalls, raffle and more. This is always a big fund raiser for WHC so please put it in your diary and come along and support us.

CRAG update on Gladman proposals

Discussion about a revised scheme for a narrow lane in the village, occupied most of a recent meeting of CRAG – Congresbury Residents Action Group.
CRAG heard that land agents Gladman had submitted new proposals for changing the pavement and carriageway in Wrington Lane. This was to try and overcome highway objections to the scheme for 50 houses on land off the Lane.

Most controversial was a proposal for a traffic island with bollards, designed to stop motorists circumventing the suggested priority scheme in a carriageway too narrow for two-way traffic. CRAG heard that the suggested island would be erected on a lay-by outside numbers 28 to 34. One of the affected residents, Clive Burlton, said that such an island would limit access to the drives of the four houses and would be dangerous. “We would have to do three-point turns to get into our drive-ways, and exiting our properties there would be less visibility – a hazard to us and other road users,” said Clive. Residents pointed out that the land for the suggested island was privately owned – the same reason why the original highway scheme failed.  Read full report and photographs                                                                                                                                                                       by John Mills, CRAG

New Village Hall Project boost – latest update

The Congresbury new village hall project – which has received pledges of £115,000 so far – is extending the deadline of its pledge request to the end of September.
The community were asked to make a pledge, which is a non-binding promise to buy community shares, or donate via a ‘buy a brick’ scheme.
Ian Sheppard for the project said, ‘Whilst we are somewhat short of the minimum target we set, there are well over 2,000 other people, organisations and businesses in the village who could pledge. If just half pledged £100 it would raise a further £100,000.
‘The number of pledges is just as important as the amount raised because it shows potential funders the village supports the new building,’ he said.
The community share offer will be open to those aged over 16 and also to people from outside the village.
The project team has also fine-tuned the pledge request.  The minimum amount for shares has been reduced to £100 and pledges can be made online.
Mr Sheppard noted that there had been some confusion over the pledges. ‘Money invested in Community shares are not a donation,’ he explained.
‘Effectively they are a long-term loan with 30 per cent income tax relief if retained for at least three years, with the full amount to be repaid, a significant return of over 40 per cent.’
Full details are on the project website – http://www.congresburyvillagehall.co.uk/
In a further development Mr Sheppard said that the project will receive a significant boost if it reaches the pledge target.
‘A substantial investment has been promised to help the project achieve its £400,000 optimum target. This investment is subject to some conditions, one of which is for the community to raise £250,000 in pledges.
‘Other conditions relate to ensuring the existing clubs use of the playing fields is not adversely impacted by the use of the new building, and having this included in an agreement between ourselves and the trustees managing the playing fields. The Development committee have confirmed their agreement to that.’
‘It is in the community‘s hands to make this happen.’
Members of the project team will be out and about in the village over the next month or so to answer any questions. Regular updates will be available on the website and on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/congresburyvillagehall/.

TOUR OF BRITAIN

The Tour of Britain (Stage 3) will be coming through the village on Tuesday 4th September from about midday. (expect them between 12.11 and 12.16 depending on speed) Come and support the cyclists who will include Pete Williams, former jersey winner, Geriant Thomas and Chris Froome. Information on the road closures is available here.

The full broadcast of the live race will be on ITV4 (ch 24) 11.15-15.30 and the highlights at 20.00

MILLENNIUM GREEN TOUR OF BRITAIN EVENT – SEPT 2nd

There is an afternoon of fun, competitions and cycling events to welcome the Tour of Britain to Congresbury. The event will be held on September 2nd from 2.30 – 4.30 pm and will include ride a smoothie bike, sprint challenge and decorated bike. Further information is available here.

Planning Application

Land At Wrington Lane Congresbury

Date Tue 06 Aug 2018
Application Type Variation of condition 6 from application 16/P/1521/O
Development Variation of condition 6 from application 16/P/1521/O (Outline planning application for the erection of up to 50 residential dwellings (including up to 30% affordable housing), structural planting and landscaping, informal public open space, surface water attenuation, vehicular access point from Wrington Lane and associated ancillary works. All matters reserved with the exception of the main site access point) to amend approved highway improvement scheme

Link to full details