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Soup and Puds for Children’s Hospice

Soup and Puds lunch in the Methodist Hall, in aid of Children’s Hospice South West,

Thursday 22nd November, 12.00 to 14.00.

Home made soup, roll and home made pudding, tea or coffee  £5.

Raffle and produce stall.

Last orders 1pm

‘The New Town Next Door’

Flyers advertising Congresbury Residents’ Action Group’s drop-in sessions at the Old School Rooms have now been delivered to most homes in the village.

The flyer, headed “The New Town Next Door” informs residents that the drop-in sessions are due to take place next weekend on Friday 16th from 3.30pm to 6pm and Saturday 17th from 10am-1pm.

At the sessions, members of the CRAG team will outline the likely impact of North Somerset Council’s plan for 2,800 houses at Mendip Spring. The council’s plan is outlined in its Local Plan Issues and Options document which is out for consultation until 10 December.

CRAG believes that residents need to understand the consequences of having a small town on their doorstep, with extra traffic and further strain on local services.

Christmas carols in The Precinct

Wednesday 19th December 5:30-6:30pm in aid of Children’s Hospice South West. Come and join in with Christmas songs sung by Sing Out Loud UK, and enjoy some mulled wine and a mince pie. Free event, a collection will be taken in aid of CHSW.

Festive food and fundraising day

Middlecombe Nursery in Congresbury will be hosting a Festive Food and Fundraising Day on Saturday 8th December, serving bratwurst, roasted nuts, mince pies and seasonal hot drinks with all profits raised being donated to The Trussell Trust.

The Trussell Trust is a network of over 420 foodbanks that provide emergency food to people in crisis, by providing three-day food supply parcels, of which they have given out more than 1.34m in the last year alone.

Middlecombe’s fundraising day will also be host to a one-day food donation drop-off, in which they’ll be collecting festive food donations for the Weston-super-Mare Foodbank, specifically with Christmas in mind. At this time of year, the foodbank has requested donations such as gravy granules, stuffing mix, chutneys, Christmas pudding, cakes and savoury crackers.

A list of other non-perishable food items to donate can be found on the Weston Foodbank website:

“We hope our local community will join us on the 8th December to raise support and awareness for this incredibly important cause,” said Middlecombe.

£10,000 boost for new village hall plans

Plans for the new village hall/community centre at the King George V Playing Fields have been boosted by a £10,000 grant.    The funding comes from Power to Change, an independent charitable trust endowed with £150 million from the Big Lottery Fund to support and develop community business for charitable purposes.   The money will allow the project team to develop the community share offer and the business plan for the proposed new building.

The fund-raising team is also negotiating to secure an equity investment from the Community Shares Booster Programme. Under this programme, up to £100,000 is available to match applications for shares from the public.  If successful, it would mean that for every pound invested by individuals up to £100,000, another pound will be invested in matched shares.

To read full update including pledges and new community cafe opening  click here

A CHARITY golf day held at Mendip Springs Golf Club, Congresbury, has raised hundreds of pounds for research into the causes of and treatments for eye disease, sight loss and blindness.   Online marketing firm GWS Media was among the businesses supporting the National Eye Research Centre, based at Bristol Eye Hospital.  Other sponsors were Smith & Williamson, Dial a Geek, Seeker Digital, Weston Dancewear, Ann & Joy’s Florist, Sugg’s Family and Clarks based in Street.  The event has raised over £700 so far, after costs.


A group who took part in a charity golf tournament. From left to right: Tony Mellon, Jim Longmuir, John Linton, Ray Sims. Photo by Johnny Hathaway photography.

From left to right: Laura Serratrice (of NERC), Ian Richmond (event organiser) and Mike Daw (NERC). Photo by Johnny Hathaway photography.

The winning team, John Linton’s team, will get to play at Celtic Manor golf course.

For more  information of NERC visit


Congresbury Singers Christmas concert

Congresbury Singers Carol Concert

Tuesday 18th December 2018, 7:30pm

Congresbury Singers will be performing their popular annual Christmas concert at 7.30pm on Tuesday 18th 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 and will celebrate the centenary of the nine lessons and carols.  Audience participation will be required.  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 18th December at 7.30pm and afterwards for seasonal nibbles, a glass of wine and plenty of chat.

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

Quilting Exhibition

Quilting enthusiasts raised £300 for the Children’s Hospice South West at an exhibition of their work in Congresbury on Saturday (Oct 27).
The event was staged by the 12 members of Congresbury Quilters in the Old School Rooms, where the group meets every Tuesday.
Pat Baker, who launched the group some three ago, said: “It was amazing. Our members put in lots of energy, enthusiasm, hard work and served some lovely cakes too.”
An exhibition is held every two years for the Children’s hospice.
“New members are welcome – they can pop in any Tuesday afternoon 1.30 – 4.00 pm,” said Pat.Quilting Exhibition

Weston Hospice Care Coffee Morning

The Weston Hospice Care fundraisers are holding a coffee morning on Saturday 17th November, 10 till 12, Methodist Hall. Come along for hot drinks, home made cakes and WHC Christmas cards to buy to support your hospice.

Children’s Hospice South West, Santas on the Run, 2k fun run

The annual fun run is taking place around the Harbourside in Bristol on Sunday, December 9th. Organised by Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW), participants are given a Santa suit to wear on the day and asked to raise sponsorship, which goes directly towards supporting families at CHSW’s local hospice, Charlton Farm.

This year, Bristol Airport and flybmi are joining forces to sponsor the event. Flybmi has donated a pair of return tickets to one of its European destinations for the individual Santa who raises the highest sponsorship.

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“It’s 1814 and the tyrant Napoleon is in exile. It’s an opportunity to lay the foundations for a new European order. So nations, large and small, victors and vanquished, gather in Vienna in an unprecedented display of pan-European cooperation, what could possibly go wrong? ”

Chris’ talk will cover the highs and lows of a turbulent 12 months in European history. He’ll introduce a broad cast of characters: monarchs, diplomats, courtiers, and a young fellow called Dermot, just enlisted in the Army of Britain…. all on their separate paths to glory, on the road to Waterloo.


Last week, a friend of mine was in raptures extolling the wonderful autumn colours he had seen in America. He could have saved himself a fortune by visiting the ‘Millennium Green’. Perhaps it’s the result of the long hot summer or the wonderful weather over the last week, but the colours of the trees on the Milli Green are stunning.

Every 4 weeks, I open and close the Public Toilets on a Saturday and Sunday. This gives me a good excuse to walk around the Millennium Green. Last weekend both days were fantastic. The sun was shining and the trees are turning colour before dropping their leaves. The mix of  reds and gold against the green are pure magic.

Apart from the trees there are always interesting things to see. I was amazed to see a Heron perched on a tree over looking the River. They seem to spend their lives standing on the edge of the water waiting for a fish to eat. Sat on the top of a tree is a long way from the water, but perhaps he was just enjoying the sun and the wonderful views.

As the River Yeo was crystal clear it was possible to see shoals of small fish amongst the reeds. After the Cormorants appear to have eaten all the large fish, the appearance of abundant numbers of new fish bods well for the future.

If you are planning a trip to ‘Westonbirt’ to see the ‘Autumn Colours’ save the journey and visit the Millennium Green.  Its free and so are the Public Toilets. Well worth a visit at half term or any day.

Michael Greaves

Congresbury badminton player in European Seniors Championships

Congresbury resident & retired Backwell School teacher, Cathy Alexander, has just returned from competing in the badminton European Senior Championships in Guadalajara, Madrid.  Cathy who plays for St Katherine’s Club in Pill, and her partner Penny Shears (Beaufort Badminton Club, Bristol) were representing England for the first time.   The pair had to play at least four qualifying tournaments around the country – one of which had to be The Nationals or All England. The top 6 pairs were then selected to play in the Championships.  Cathy & Penny got through to the quarter finals beating pairs from France, Germany, Finland and Sweden.  They fought hard in the quarter final, 21-18 & 21-19,  – only just losing to the No. 3 seeds from Denmark.