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Congresbury Burial Ground – Consecration

At the request of Congresbury Parish Council, the Right Reverend George Cassidy, Assistant Bishop of Bath and Wells Diocese acting as commissary for and on behalf of the Right Reverend Peter Lord Bishop of Bath and Wells, intends to consecrate the remainder of the burial ground on Thursday 25th April 2019 at 3pm. All are welcome to attend.

Community Cafe now open

The new Congresbury Community Café – Community coffee@Bridge House – was officially opened by Debbie Fortune and Ron Hall. The café is open on Wednesday & Friday mornings from 8.45 to 1pm, with a view to open more often in the future.

The cafe is in Bridge House, part of the Debbie Fortune Estate Agency ( building who have allowed the use of two rooms and courtyard in line with their continued commitment to local charitable causes across all their offices.

Ron Hall for Congresbury Village Hall Limited who have set up the café said “We could not have done this without the support from Debbie Fortune, Simon Palmer Construction, Howdens Kitchens in Clevedon , Sandra Pogson and grant funding from Congresbury Parish Council, the Bristol Airport Diamond Fund and Tesco bag scheme.”

“Rory Ireland from Bristol Twenty Tea and Coffee company has been instrumental in setting up the coffee machine, and training a number of willing volunteers how to produce a really good cup of coffee. “

The café is managed by a pool of volunteers providing a range of hot drinks and home-made cakes including gluten free options. The café accepts payment by card and takeaway is available. All profits go towards the costs of building new village hall / community centre.

Meet the district council candidates

With Tom Leimdorfer stepping down after 16 years as district councillor for the Congresbury and Puxton ward, Congresbury Residents Action Group has organised a public meeting for the three candidates fighting the one seat – Annie Higgs (Labour & Co-operative Party); Samantha Pepperall (Conservative) and Stuart Treadaway (Liberal Democrat).

The meeting, to be chaired by local farmer Nick Green, takes place at The Old School Rooms, Station Road, Congresbury 7.30pm on Tuesday 23 April.

“I’m sure residents will be keen to hear the views of the three candidates,” said CRAG chair Mary Short. “Tom has been an excellent councillor and will be a hard act to follow. So we want to know where his successor stands on various local topics. One issue of great concern is the council’s plan to create a new town on our doorstep. What do these prospective councillors think about this?” Mary added that many people will have had enough political argument with Brexit dominating the news. However, this was a chance to find information about real issues affecting the village. “I urge people to come along” said Mary.

Bluey shopping trips

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:

(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

CRAG update on Wrington Lane scheme

North Somerset Council has rejected the latest attempt by land agent Gladman to make cosmetic changes to their plan for 50 houses on a site off Wrington Lane. The reason for the Council’s decision? Their proposals for a continuous pavement in Wrington Lane would result in unsatisfactory and substandard carriageway width and hazards to road users. Read more


Another successful Spring Show

A premature spring reduced the daffodils at Congresbury Gardening Club’s Spring Show, but the Old School Rooms was full of the perfume of narcissi and other spring flowers, with tulips galore. Warm dry weather had not affected some gardeners’ rhubarb, with four superb entries on the bench, and Dave Miles taking the prize.

After his expert advice in the local gardening column, John Chaplin rightly came top in the orchid class, and the narcissus experts were Ann Gunner and Helen Riddell, who won the Frank Calcraft trophy for the most points. There was keen competition in the tulip class with 13 entries and Sue Collins entry was judged the best. click here to read more

Avon and Somerset April Fool promotes vital work of Police Horses and sniffer dogs

The force’s twelve horses may not have a sense of smell to rival an elephant. But did you know they have incredible ears and can hear sounds more than two miles away? They also have peripheral vision, which means they can have up to a 360 degree view of the world.

Stable Manager Jonathan Green said: “We hope everyone enjoyed our April Fool’s Day video as much as we enjoyed making it.

Although it was fun and we hope we made a few people smile, our main purpose was to promote the vital role of our incredible four-legged officers. Click here to read more

Charity coffee morning

Anniversary Coffee Morning, in aid of Children’s Hospice South West.Saturday 27th April in the Methodist Hall, 10.00 to 1.00.50p entry. Bedding plants and produce for sale. Tombola. 

Bristol Airport’s new biometric trial

New SelfPassTM biometrics solution from Collins Aerospace among the first to connect multiple airlines, airports and countries. A biometric, single-enrollment identification streamlines the passenger’s outbound and return journey at multiple airports

Passengers traveling through England’s Bristol Airport and Ireland’s Dublin Airport can look forward to a new streamlined journey with Collins Aerospace’s SelfPass biometric solution. The solution, now being trialed at Bristol Airport and Dublin Airport, is believed to be the first biometric solution that enables passengers to use a single enrollment in multiple countries Click here to read full report