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Christmas Concert Tuesday 17th December 2019

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Congresbury Singers will be performing their popular annual Christmas concert in St Andrew’s Church at 7.30pm on Tuesday 17th December. As usual this will be a fusion of seasonal, traditional, serious and light-hearted readings, music and carols.

The evening will include both secular and religious themes. Audience participation can be expected. Judging by previous concerts, it is guaranteed to be an entertaining and inspiring start to the festive season, so early booking is advised. They look forward to seeing you in St Andrew’s Church, Congresbury on Tuesday 17th December at 7.30pm and afterwards for mince pies, a glass of wine and plenty of chat.

Tickets cost £8.00 (children free) and can be obtained in advance from Congresbury Post Office, members of the choir or on the door.

CONGRESBURY CHRISTMAS FAIR

Raffle tickets will be for sale in the precinct on the 23rd and 30th of November, and in the Weston Hospicecare shop during opening hours.  
We do still have stalls available for any local not-for-profit organisations that would like to participate and, indeed, for any for-profit organisations provided they’re not selling anything on the night!
Anyone interested can contact Adam at editor@congresbury.net

Christmas coffee morning

Individual Christmas cakes, a variety of gifts, including jewellery and colourful plants all available at a relaxing stress-free Coffee Morning and Sale on Saturday, November 30, 10 a.m. – 12 noon, in the Methodist Hall, High Street, Congresbury. Proceeds to the Friends of St. Andrew’s church.

Trading Standards, Advice Session


In light of the increase of reported scams, there will be a session with a North Somerset Trading Standards, Advice Officer held at Congresbury Recreational Club on November the 26th at 7pm.
This session is open to anyone, not just Neighbourhood Watch, so please do tell your friends and neighbours.
Anyone interested in attending this event can email caroline.pinnell@me.com to register their attendance.

Walking Tennis

Walking tennis is taking off all over the Bristol area (where it was founded) – and it’s about to hit Congresbury and North Somerset this spring!

This new format of the game is great as a ‘medium-level exercise’ for those not able to due sport due to injury or age for both non-tennis players and ex-tennis players alike. It is also great for beginners who can develop their tennis stroke and confidence before moving to the running form of the game.

Walking Tennis is played with lower compression (orange spot) balls, you have the option of a second bounce (which has to land in court too), and you cannot run. It can be played as singles or doubles, although we’ve seen it played nicely with 3 at each end too!

The social element is important too with coffee after; at some clubs the players rotate bringing a cafe to have with the coffee – we hope that will happen here too!

If you might be interested in joining the course in April 2020 please email WalkingTennis@congresburytlc.net to be added to the mailing list to receive more details nearer the time. You can also check out the rules of Walking Tennis at https://www.walkingtennis.org/rules.html

Congresbury Tennis Club

Community café raising funds for air ambulance

Congresbury community café is following its successful Macmillan coffee morning when it raised £650 for Macmillan Cancer Support by raising funds for the Great Western Air Ambulance.

The café is supporting two paramedics who live in the village, Helen Hart and Greg Leach, to  host a fundraising event on Saturday 23 November from 9 – 1pm, all proceeds will go to the air ambulance charity.

Meanwhile, on Saturday 30 November the Big Quiz is back at the Old School Rooms at 7.30pm raising funds for the community café. Teams of 4 – 6, tickets cost £8 per person including a light supper and are available from Ron Hall: 01934 830085 and the café on Wednesday and Friday mornings.

Fraud warnings over phone calls and couriers

Warnings have been issued over two different types of scam calls.

In the first, an 85-year-old Weston-super-Mare woman was defrauded out of money after being contacted by telephone this week by a person claiming to be from her bank. They told her that her card had been compromised and they needed the PIN number, which she gave.

The offenders arranged for a courier to attend the victim’s house and collect the card before using it in a local bank to withdraw money.

In the second scam, callers claim to be from the local council or companies called “Safe and Secure” or “Protect Your Home UK”.

Bath and North East Somerset Trading Standards have been made aware of three residents who have been contacted with callers telling them they are offering home security systems to people aged between 50 and 70.

One resident was offered an ID wrist band for £1, along with a quote for floor sensors which would alert the wristband if there was a flood or fire. The other resident was offered free security equipment, £1 for installation and ongoing maintenance costs to be agreed. Both residents say the caller was extremely convincing. The caller guaranteed that police, ambulance or fire would attend an incident. The telephone number provided to residents does not work.

This may be an attempt to get people’s bank details or to sign residents up to an expensive monthly subscription

If you have been affected by a similar telephone call, the advice from Trading Standards is to call the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06 or report it online at https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/about-us/contact-us/contact-us/consumer-service/

Quiz in aid of the Community Coffee Shop

Quiz with light supper on Saturday 30th November

At Old School Rooms, Station Road, Congresbury.
Doors open at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start.

Teams of 4 or 6
Tickets £8 per head to include a light supper
Bar & Raffle 
Tickets from the Community Coffee Shop, Church House Designs or phone 01934 830085.

Soup & Puds for Children’s Hospice

A Soup & Puds Lunch in aid the the Children’s Hospice will be held on Thursday 21st November from 12 noon until 2pm in the Methodist Church Hall.   Home made soup, roll and home made pudding, tea or coffee will be served – all for £5.    Raffle & produce stall also.   Last orders at 1pm – so get there early for a seat!

Fundraising Pumpkin Trail

Wander through our autumnal pumpkin trail, set undercover in our greenhouse at Middlecombe Nursery. We’ll be displaying pumpkins carved by local groups and businesses as well as a few of our own. Our opening night will see the pumpkins illuminated in the darkness of an October evening. CUPPA Coffee Shop will be open as usual – why not try a Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate or S’mores Latte…

Entry fee
Cash donation to Yatton and Congresbury Wildlife Action Group’s Batmap Project

Opening Hours
Opening Night Illuminations: Thursday 24th October, 5pm to 8pm.
Day Time: Thursday 24th to Thursday 31st October inclusive, 10am to 5pm.

If your group/business would like to take part by carving and displaying a pumpkin please contact Leigh at middlecombenursery@hotmail.com.

Youth group relaunches 100 Club

Congresbury Youth Partnership have relaunched their 100 Club and welcome new and returning members. £12 buys entry to 12 draws during the year. 50% of all monies is given out in prizes. The remaining 50% supports the work we do with young people.  To join please e-mail 100club@congsyp.org.uk for details, or pop into the youth club after school any Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday from 3.15 to 5pm.  Hurry and join!  First draw at the end of October.

Macmillan success at community cafe

The community cafe and Debbie Fortune’s Macmillan coffee morning raised £650 for Macmillan cancer support, including a £100 donated by Debbie Fortune Estate Agents. Thank you to the volunteers who manned the cafe, covered the cafe’s costs, and donated the homemade cakes as well as those who donated throughout the morning.

If you missed it there is always still the option to donate online through the website if you wanted to, https://www.macmillan.org.uk/donate

Ian Sheppard, Congresbury Community Cafe