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Burglary in Stock Lane

A property in Stock Lane, Langford has been burgled on the 30th at 00:10. The residence is currently undergoing extension works and the offender has gained entry via an insecure rear window. The offender, described as a male wearing a baseball cap and glasses, went into all rooms of the property which he ransacked.

A number of tools have been stolen including two Makita circular saws, five battery drills, reciprocating saw, 4-inch grinder and a Bosch breaker. The offender then made off back through the same window.

To contact the Police about this incident, please call 101 quoting Reference number: 5220170127 Neighbourhood Watch / Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, thank you.

Local woman ordered to repay £650,000 vice money

A 52-year-old woman from Hewish has been ordered to pay back £650,000 as part of a confiscation order under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

At a hearing held on Friday 24 July, Bristol Crown Court was told Natalie Davis had financially benefitted from her criminality.

Davis, of Bristol Road, Hewish, was sentenced in January 2019 after admitting controlling prostitution for financial gain over a 10-year period in Weston-super-Mare.

And in August 2019 she was prosecuted by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) for benefit fraud she committed while managing the brothel. 

Police and the DWP have since worked together to arrange a confiscation order against Davis. 

She was found to have assets to the value of £650,000 and therefore ordered to pay the full amount to the court. From this money the amount which she had defrauded the DWP, will be paid back to them in compensation.

Dr Kirstie Cogram, manager of Avon and Somerset Police’s Complex Crime Unit, said: “We are committed to seizing any assets gained as a result of criminal activity.

“It is not acceptable that criminals, such as Natalie Davis, benefit from illegal activities and we will relentlessly pursue them through the courts to ensure their proceeds are taken away from them.

“We hope cases such as this show criminals that they will not be allowed to benefit from crime.” 

Youth Partnership awards

Eddie, Macey, Finn, Ellie, Robert, Caleb, Codie, and Chloe with their awards

Congresbury Youth Partnership’s (CYP) annual awards which were due to happen in April were finally presented last week. The award winners, their families plus representatives from the various organisations that had nominated them were able to take part in an open-air celebration on the playing field in Congresbury. 

CYP would like to thank the organisations who took part, Jo Williams and Keith Abbott for their help on the night and the Yeo Valley Lions for sponsoring the event.

Marie Broomfield: Moving on

It was also a sad evening saying farewell to two people who have been involved with CYP. Marie Broomfield is being assigned to another area and will no longer be our PCSO. She has become a very familiar face around the village and will be missed by all residents.

Sarah Storey: Joining the management group

Sarah Storey has worked with young people in the village for the last 16 years providing advice, friendship and comfort to those in need of support. Initially she ran the Youth Club through the North Somerset Youth Service before joining CYP.

The CYP Management committee would like to thank her for her constant enthusiasm and commitment to our organisation. Fortunately, Sarah is not severing all links with CYP and has agreed to join the management group.

Are you missing this delivery?

A Congresbury resident returned home on Monday night to find a Fit & Forget shower wall had been delivered and left in her driveway. Obviously it wasn’t hers! Nor were any of her neighbours expecting it.

Fit & Forget can’t trace it either. So if you’re missing a shower wall, contact us via Facebook and we will put you in touch.

Allotments vandalised

Young carrots pulled from the ground at Congresbury Allotments

Allotment holders were shocked on Saturday morning to discover that several plots had been trashed on Friday night.

“It was heartbreaking,” said Allotment Association secretary Susan Hibberd. Potato plants had been pulled up before they were ready to harvest as were young carrots with pea plants tugged out of the soil and let lying around. “It’s just stupid,” said Susan.

“It’s malicious also to pull up strawberry plants, soft fruit bushes and crush a beautiful cultivated blackberry under a paving slab.”

The destruction continued with a whole row of runner beans canes pushed over while flowering artichokes, sunflowers and cottage garden plant were all toppled over and netting torn to get at cauliflowers.

Storage boxes were broken into and tools stolen and a metal incinerator was crushed. There was also more minor damage to other plots with storage boxes tipped out.

“The allotments have been a wonderful refuge during the Covid 19 crisis. There are no vacant plots and the hard work put in for months by local residents really shows,” said Susan.

“This is not the first time we have had unwelcome visitors this year. There have been repeated thefts of tools. Those can be replaced. But such apparently random and ignorant destruction of growing plants has not happened before,” she said.

If anyone has additional information, please contact the Parish Office (01934 838802).The damage has been reported to the police and the offenders possibly caught on nearby CCTV. 

League cricket returns

Congresbury Cricket Club’s re-arranged league season starts in earnest on Saturday (July 25) with the 1st XI travelling to Downend while the second team entertains Blagdon (1pm start).

The following Saturday (Aug 1) the 1st XI are away again, this time to Bristol CC while the 2nd XI host Long Ashton CC.

On August 8, Bishopston are the visitors for a 1st team clash  (12.30 start) while the seconds travel to Blagdon.

There’s no game for the first team on August 15 but the 2nd XI are up against neighbours Claverham in a match that is bound to be hotly contested (1pm start).

From August 22, the 1st XI has a run of three home games starting with Bedminster then Clevedon on the 29th and Winterbourne on September 5.

The 2nd XI visit Old Bristolians Westbury on August 22 and Barrow Gurney on August 29.

Women’s soft ball cricket is also up and running with visits to Lodway CC on Sunday August 2 while on Sunday August 16 the women will be at home to Huntspill & District CC and host Clevedon on Sunday September 13.

Volunteers at the Rec Club have been working frantically to try to get a limited bar service in place and it is hoped that the club will be open on Friday evenings and Saturdays. 

Cricket for U9s has been played on Tuesdays since lockdown restrictions were lifted and discussions are on-going about running All Stars cricket for five to eight-year-olds on Friday evenings as soon as possible.

Meanwhile the cricket club has launched an appeal for villagers – especially parents of young players – to help raise funds by becoming Friends of Congresbury CC. See attached poster for full details.

CCC-Friends-blurb_2020

BBC Series – Filming in the South West

Plimsoll Productions are working on a new BBC TV series that they hope might be of interest to the residents in Congresbury. The title is My Unique B&B and the idea is that they help people who are converting unusual spaces in their gardens into holiday rentals for some extra income. Ideally you would have started on the project but are interested in some expert help from their B&B and carpenter Simon Parfett and their interior designer to make the space stand out from the crowd. The spaces they are looking for are treehouses, airstreams, wagon’s, campers etc. They say it is going to be a great opportunity to get expert advice and help promote the space as it will be on TV early next year. They would love to film in Congresbury.

if you are interested please call Becky On 07728311150

Avon and Somerset Neighbourhood Watch

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COULD ALSO BECOME  SOMEONE ELSE’S !!!!

Portable Computing Devices

Smartphones

Cash & Jewellery

Bicycles

Home Entertainment Systems

ARE THE TOP FIVE FAVOURITES

To protect your favourite things, and help get them back if they were ever stolen, you can register them on-line FOR FREE on the

UK NATIONAL PROPERTY REGISTER

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Congresbury Youth Club

Summer Holiday activities get the go-ahead

Youth Club have arranged the following fun events in the first two weeks of the Summer Holidays for your child to attend.  It goes without saying that there will be strict Covid-19 guidelines which will need to be followed. Once you have booked your child onto activities you will receive a copy of the guidelines but be rest assured that we will take every precaution to make sure your child will be safe.

Click here for full details

The public are reminded to report suspicious activity and concerns about vulnerable people

With the traditional summer holiday period soon to begin and more people expected to visit our towns and cities rather than going abroad, the police are reminding people about the need to be vigilant when out and about and to report suspicious activity.

And in addition to urging people to report concerns about unusual behaviour, we’re also asking the public to let us know if they’re worried someone may be vulnerable to radicalisation.

Click here for the full article.

Automated phone call scam alert

Police are warning of another potential scam. This time an automated call from Visa stating a transaction for £299 to Tesco has been authorised and asking for confirmation. The telephone number that called was 02039 669 829. Should you receive the same call, simply hang up and notify Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or report it via their website below:

https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

Gardener looking for work

A tub made and planted by Doug

My name’s Doug Crawford and my number is 07481 903064 or 01934 838972 and I’m looking for work. I make handmade planters and paint them or I can do any jobs around the garden such as: mowing lawns, cutting down trees, trimming hedges, dead heading flowers, re-potting and re-purposing plants.

Music and singing for infants

Top of the Tots

Here’s an idea for activities for younger children who are not of school age to do in the daytime.

I run Top of the Tots (music and signing classes for babies, toddlers and preschoolers) on a Friday morning. Throughout lockdown I’ve been running the classes online and as it is likely that Children’s Centres will remain closed for the time being I’m continuing to do so. I’m looking for new members as some children are leaving to go to school in September. Do message me if you’re interested.

Village cricket is back!

Recreational cricket will start up again on Saturday (July 11) played under strict covid-19 guidelines from the England Cricket Board.

A Congresbury 1st XI will entertain a Weston-super-Mare CC team at the King George V Playing Field but because of restrictions relating to the pandemic the clubhouse and bar will not be open.

Tomorrow’s fixture echoes the first match Congresbury played after the country emerged from the ravages of World War One in May 1919 which was also against Weston-super-Mare. This match was replayed last year to mark its centenary.

May 2019: Congresbury captain Justin Yau with Weston’s Chris Davidson and a copy of the May 1919 scorebook

Congresbury CC has been running junior cricket for under-9s since mid-June when training in small groups was allowed to resume and more junior cricket is planned in the coming weeks.

“The under-9 sessions are going very well, and are very popular with kids and parents,” said cricket club chairman Geoff Wilcock. “Other age groups are starting soon and we hope to resume our regular Friday evenings with All Stars, girls’ cricket and ladies’ cricket all, of course, suitably managed.”

To celebrate the return of cricket, Congresbury CC is selling its popular book – 175 Years of Village Cricket – at the discounted price of £10. The cover price is £15. All proceeds will go towards supporting cricket, especially junior cricket, and help maintain the playing field as an amenity the whole village can enjoy.

‘Cricket and fabric of village life are woven together’

The book, published last year by Congresbury Cricket Club in association with Congresbury History Group, tells much more than the story of cricket in the village over the generations.

“The more research I did, the more people I spoke to, the more I realised how the fabric of village life and the development of cricket were intertwined,” said local historian and author Clive Burlton, a former player and now a club vice president.

The book, with 112 pages, 60,000 words and 250 images draws on the archives held by both the cricket club and the history group as well as recounting the memories of villagers and players, past and present. 

The book tells far more than the story of Congresbury CC, looking at the development of cricket in North Somerset from the middle of the 19th century with extensive use of newspaper archives since the 1850s.

The book will be on sale at Welcome Congresbury in The Precinct.

It was designed and produced by Bristol Books and can also be obtained online at www.bristolbooks.org

A message from Children’s Hospice South West

Dear all,

Our local Children’s Hospice South West at Charlton Farm, Wraxall has been operating during lockdown over the past few months to provide vital support for families. However, fund raising opportunities have dropped dramatically.  

Mendip Friends fundraising group which is based in Congresbury currently has a butterfly competition for children. The closing date for the competition is the end of July and to enter send pictures of your coloured butterflies to www.facebook.com/CongVirtualFete  or www.newcreationchurches.org.uk/community/love-congresbury/congresbury-village-fete/congresbury-virtual-village-fete or post this form into the church office post-box at St. Andrew’s Church. 

Please do take part in this and we would be very grateful for any help you can provide. Our Justgiving page is https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/chswcongresbury

Many thanks for your help Jackie Hampson (Congresbury Volunteer)

Dangerous driving on M5

Police stopped three cars on the M5 on Sunday night

Police are appealing for witnesses following a report of dangerous driving on the M5.

At about 9pm on Sunday July 5 a witness reported seeing three cars speeding and braking on the northbound carriageway between junctions 21 (Weston-super-Mare) and 20 (Clevedon). Officers stopped three cars near J17 (Cribbs Causeway). 

Police are keen to hear from anyone who has dashcam footage of or who witnessed the manner of driving of two red Ford Fiestas and a black Vauxhall Astra on the M5 between J24 (Bridgwater) and Cribbs Causeway on Sunday night.

If you can help get in touch quoting reference 5220147948

Three drivers have been reported for dangerous driving.

If you can help, please call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5220147948