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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.

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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

Village walks challenge

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As part of our Virtual Fete on June 27, villagers are being invited to take part in the walks challenge. It is recommended that you take an Ordnance Survey map with you as well as the sketches attached to the PDFs below. Please note that the closing date for entries is Monday July 6. Enjoy!

Starting now and running until  Friday July 3, your challenge is to complete three short walks, and for a bonus, maybe one longer one.  Groups walking together must adhere to current COVID restrictions (ie a single household, or a group of no more than six people maintaining adequate social distancing while walking).

Proof of completion will be a photo or selfie of one or more members of your group, taken at the mid-point of the walk, and posted on the Fete Facebook page.  (Be mindful of social distancing while you take the photo, and that you have permission to post on Facebook from any identifiable participants. )  Make sure your photo is identified by a great team name, and the walk number.

All groups completing the three walks will receive a certificate, and will be entered into a draw for a prize, and for a second bonus prize if all four walks have been completed.

The  short walks are : 

1)  Over the Golf Course to Honeyhall

2)  Up the Line to Cadbury Hill

3)  Out over the Dolemoor  (published by Woodspring Ramblers)

4)   (The long one)  By the Yeo to Wrington 

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Village walks revisited

A series of village walks, avoiding the Strawberry Line and first published in 2000 have been updated and revised by Alex Ballard. Here’s one – a circular walk to Wrington – to get you going. Click HERE to view the PDF

Why not try Cardio Tennis?

Cardio Tennis is a fun, group activity featuring drills to give players of all abilities an ultimate, high-energy workout. Cardio Tennis includes a warm-up, cardio workout, and cool down phases. If you want to find a healthy, new way to get in shape and to burn calories, you ought to try Cardio Tennis. It starts at Congresbury Tennis Club on Mondays at 9.15-10.15 from March 9.  For more information go to http://congresburyltc.net/cardio-tennis/ or ring the coach Stuart Bannerman on 07593 456869 or email cardio@congresburyLTC.net

The Strawberry Line in December

After weeks of rain and more rain the sun peeped out on Sunday afternoon. Not for long !

I don’t need to be persuaded to get out of the armchair and go for a bike ride when the sun is shining. Christmas came early. The Strawberry line was pure magic, it might be winter but there is so much to see that you don’t see in the summer when the leaves are on the trees and the hedgerows are bursting with fruit and colour.

The winter sun seems to be more gentle and picks out the Mendips as the clouds rush past. I love the shapes and silhouettes of the trees in winter. The branches are like lace and the veins of the trees. The willow tree below was glowing – almost had its own fairy lights.

The colder weather and high winds has driven the fieldfares and redwings from Scandinavia to spend the winter in England. They don’t need to worry about visa’s and work permits. Until a month ago the red berries of the Hawthorns were fat and ripe for eating. The early birds have cleaned up and stripped the trees bare. There are some sloes and rose hips as well as the white mistletoe left, but they are all being avoided. Its probably too late to make sloe gin for Christmas !

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Thatchers Cider Orchards near Sandford are being pruned and made ready for next year. At first I though that I may have at long last seen the ‘Beast of Sandford’ a large puma stalking the orchards. But it turned out to be an exceedingly large black and white cat. He or she was about a mile from the factory and well fed. Maybe Pat the Postman left it to look for Katy !

Most of the cattle are now in the barns – the fields have huge lakes of water and the Rhynes are full to the brim. Some sheep are waddling around in the wet grass looking very forlorn. No sign of Shaun !

I did see two rather plump and bushy tailed squirrels. They were enjoying the sun before spending the cold weeks ahead in their drays and hibernating until spring.

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No sign of the badgers, but they are furiously digging under the railway track. The are serious diggers and are shifting tons of stone. Seems a bit strange as its hard work digging out stone compared to soil, but perhaps the railway track is well drained and its nice and dry to set up home. 

There were some small flocks of long tailed tits hopping along the hedgerows. They look like puff balls on a stick. A few swans were sat in the fields and lots of crows all feeding away on chafer grubs. Doing a great service to the farmers.

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Now everything has stopped growing the seed heads of the old man’s beard, ivy and cow parsley are beautiful and add to the splendour of this lovely place.

With the shortest day about to happen we can all look forward to another season of colour, flowers and fruit adorning the Strawberry Line like a bouquet around our village.

Michael Greaves

Boxing Day walks enjoyed

Boxing Day walkers on Cadbury Hill

Boxing Day walkers on Cadbury Hill

The Annual Boxing Day walk enjoyed good weather and the 50 walkers took two routes, one walked over Cadbury Hill and the photograph shows the panoramic view looking over the Village and beyond to Crooks Peak and Exmoor. The second group walked alondg the River Yeo and then followed a circular route back via the Strawberry Line to enjoy mince pies and sherry in the Old School Rooms.

Most of the walkers then retired to The Plough where the Mendip Morris Men did their annual Boxing Day display to a large crowd of onlookers. The highlight was perhaps the children who were invited to join in and take part in this ancient custom.

Michael Greaves

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