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Some of you may recognise my name – I have lived in Congresbury most of my life and my children attend St Andrews Primary School.

I am making contact with you to see if any of your organisations have any projects that would benefit from some volunteered help. My employers, Pelican Business Services, offer their employees time off to help with local community projects and I would love to be able to use this to give something back to the village and community. The number of volunteers, and who that would be, would be decided depending on what work is required.

Previous projects have included painting schools, weeding gardens, walking dogs or spending time with the elderly.

If you have anything in mind that you would like to use us for, then please let me know. Or if there’s nothing planned at the moment, please keep us in mind for any future projects and feel free to contact me. (jennie.king@bwbsl.co.uk or jennie.king580@gmail.com) 

If you have not heard of Pelican Business Services, please visit the website:

http://www.pelicanbusinessservices.co.uk/

(we used to be known as Bristol Wessex Billing Services and provide billing services on behalf of Bristol Water and Wessex Water)

Many thanks

Jennie

Jennie King

Business Support – Customer Services

Tel (Office) : 01225 524297

Bristol Wessex Billing Services Ltd, 1 Clevedon Walk, Nailsea, Bristol, BS48 1WA

 

 

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Help Ben raise money for Make-a-Wish Foundation

Ben Payne is only 8 years old but is raising awareness and fundraising for the amazing Make-a-Wish Foundation. This summer, he and his Les Paul guitar are going to be playing some tunes on Facebook. He has already recorded and broadcast two songs and so far raised over £100.  He plans to “facebook busk” a number of times before heading back to school at St Andrews.

He has been asked to perform at The Strawberry Line Cafe’s “Platform One Fest” on Friday 11th August and to perform at “Busk in the Sun” in WsM over August Bank Holiday weekend.

We wish him the best of luck. For more information visit his Facebook page by clicking here.

Rehab 4 Alcoholism Helpline and Website

Providing impartial and independent advice for people seeking alcohol rehab.

At Rehab 4 Alcoholism we are well known in the United Kingdom for our hard work and dedication in defeating alcoholism. Just so you know our advice is 100% free and impartial. We are independent of the rehab industry and we intend to remain independent.

Our alcohol rehab services are available to people suffering from varying degrees of alcohol addiction. Invariably this includes treatment for so-called chronic alcoholism but also for sufferers exhibiting mild forms of alcoholism. Left unchecked alcoholism leads to serious health complications including brain damage and alcohol-related liver disease. Alcoholism left untreated inflicts lasting wounds on relationships including family life, professional life, and social life.

Rehab 4 Alcoholism aims to save lives by stopping addiction before it becomes too late. Tel: 0800 111 4108 Web: https://www.rehab4alcoholism.com

Congresbury Scouts appeal for warm/waterproof clothing

Congresbury Scouts love to be outdoors and do a lot of hiking and camping. Scouts grow very fast, and for some families, it’s a real struggle to keep them in suitable warm clothing and footwear for activities. Leaders have had a number of occasions when young people have not been able to enjoy their outdoor activities just because they have been too cold and wet. We have decided to address this by setting up a kit exchange within the group, so that outdoor gear can be passed down to those who don’t have enough of their own.

To get this ball rolling, we need to assemble a reasonable stock of various sizes that are available for exchange. We are looking for waterproof jackets, trousers, gloves and gaiters especially, and for walking boots in various sizes.

If anyone has that sort of stuff hanging around outgrown or unloved, we would love to hear from you.

Alex Ballard 01934 853201   cidercot.alex@gmail.com

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Beware doorstep sellers

Police are warning of an increase in door to door callers, often trying to sell cleaning and kitchen equipment. “We are taking this opportunity to remind you all that you should not have dealings with callers at the door. Likewise don’t respond to letters or Emails from unknown sources or have dealings with cold callers on the phone,” say Avon and Somerset Police.

“If you are looking for someone to provide goods or services then please make local enquiries with companies that you know and trust. Your local Trading Standards office can often help with details of reputable tradesmen.

“Please remember it’s your door step, it’s your decision. All suspicious callers should be reported to the police using either the 101 or 999 numbers.”

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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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The Strawberry Line on Boxing Day 2016

Silver Springs Fishing Lake on Boxing Day. Sketch by Michael Greaves

Silver Springs Fishing Lake on Boxing Day. Sketch by Michael Greaves

Michael Greaves reflects on the changes seen along the Strawberry Line following the annual Boxing Day walk

 In 2013 I wrote a monthly series of articles about ‘Life on the Strawberry Line’.

On Boxing Day morning the annual Village Walk gave me the opportunity of looking at the changes that have happened in the last four years. Fortunately, the Strawberry Line is still there and being used by increasing numbers of walkers, cyclists and horse riders. The  downside is that more traffic is using the old railway line with a solar farm and a new farm house having been built towards Churchill.

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Definitely up this year!

Music, lights and laughter filled Broad Street for the annual Christmas Fair.

A new feature this year was the mini Ferris wheel, emblazoned with festive lights, which continually took pairs of children up and over the street to look down on the hectic activity.

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The new Christmas street lights, organiseded by the Parish Council, and the superbly illuminated Christmas tree added to the jolly atmosphere.

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Quilters raise £320 for charity

The first exhibition by Congresbury’s quilting group proved to be a huge success with a constant flow of visitors to The Old School Rooms where the group meets every Tuesday afternoon.

Sales of their work, raffle tickets and tea and cakes raised more than £320 for Children’s Hospice Southwest.

Organiser Pat Baker, front left, and fellow quilters at their first exhibition in The Old School Rooms

Organiser Pat Baker, front left, and fellow quilters at their first exhibition in The Old School Rooms

Over 6o’s Shopping Trips

We have some spare seats on the fortnightly shopping trips to Weston Super Mare on the Yeo Valley Lions Minibus. We pick up and drop off at your home, and help carry your shopping if required. We leave Congresbury on Thursday afternoons at about 2pm (depending on pickup point) and return at about 4.30.

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Success for The Big Breakfast

The Big Breakfast held on Saturday raised a whopping £1,480 for Weston Hospicecare. Well done to everyone who worked so hard to make it a success, and to all those who gave their support and bought a big breakfast. Special thanks go to Julie Gosling and family, without whom it would not have been possible.

Remember to take all your unwanted clothes and items to the Hospice shop in Broad Street, and while you’re there, have a look round, there may be just the thing you were looking for.

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Self Storage Facility

UK Storage Company

Our self storage facility at Red Lodge Business Park, Weston, offers a secure home for your possessions, either in our modern warehouse or in one of our easy to access drive up to units. Being situated right on the M5 junction puts us in an ideal position for both the local residents of Weston Super Mare as well as those from the smaller towns and villages, such as those needing storage in Congresbury.   
Click here for web site

Need Someone To Sort Out Your Garage?

  • Do you have garage envy when you see your neighbours “who can always find what they need when they need it”?
  • Too many pots of old paint and can’t find a screwdriver?
  • Have you been putting off sorting it all out?
  • Do you keep saying to yourself that you will take this lot to the charity shop / tip one day………

You need my help. Let me do it all for you. Tidy it so you can find that screwdriver! Remove all the unwanted stuff either to a charity or the tip.
Call Shane on 01934 833714 / 0773 9897886 for a chat and free quote.
As a guide prices for complete jobs range from £75 – £300.

Beyond The Fringe

Beyond The FringeWell established salon offering a range of services including barbering.

The Old Post Office, Station Road, Congresbury

Phone 01934 838834 – Vicki

Kismet

Modern Indian and Bangladeshi Cuisine

Specialities · Tandoori · Balti · Vegetarian · Biryani · Lots more

At Kismet we pride ourselves on offering great value for money while providing a top quality food-eating experience.

Visit our website – click here

Tel 01934 834139
5 Broad Street, Congresbury