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Village fete sizzling and successful

Tropical temperatures did not deter villagers from flocking to St. Andrew’s church paddock, for Congresbury village fete and Flower show, which was better than ever this year, with attractions for all ages.

The upbeat sound of the Cadbury Saxophones encouraged slackers to the event, and the paddock was filled with stalls, manned  by different village groups, coupled with a bouncy slide and ball pool, and a display by Avon Owls.

The Morgan car display of handmade luxury vehicles, and the vintage cars displayed by Debbie Fortune, the Audi shortly destined for Le Mans, drew appreciative crowds, mainly men.

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A new name for The Hort Soc.

This evening, the members and committee of the Congresbury and District Horticultural Society voted to change the name of the society to Congresbury Gardening Club. The well attended AGM was followed by an American supper and raffle. If you are interested in joining our active and friendly club, click here for the form.

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Autumn Show Success


Thank you to the organisers of the Horticultural Society Autumn Show for a very successful day which was well attended. There will be a write-up of the show later. If you’d like to enter something next year, the Spring show is on Saturday 24th March. Click here for website.

See lots of photos on our Facebook page.

Winning ways of persistent gardeners

Janet Edwards with her prizewinning orchids

A difficult Spring for local gardeners did affect the entries at the Congresbury Horticultural Society Spring Show on Saturday, but villagers pulled out all the stops and produced a colourful and enjoyable event.

Show Secretary Lyn Bacon summed it up when she said that the warm weather encouraged all the daffodils to open early, and they were then drastically damaged by wind and rain.

However the Old School Rooms still blossomed with a feast of colour and perfume, and, once again, children’s entries were numerous and fascinating.

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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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Marquee after the show

As yet no one is using the Horticultural Society marquee after the summer show on Saturday 1st July. Organising a “do” after the show as a great way to make money for your Society. We are happy for you to use it free of charge and the only cost is lighting and chairs if required. If you are interested then please contact Liz English on 834333.

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Afternoon Woman’s Institute

The Congresbury afternoon WI meet in the Methodist Hall on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 2.15 and are a small, very friendly group, always happy to welcome visitors and new members.
Further information from our President, Val Harding, on 01934 833396 or the Secretary, Susan Hibberd, on 01934 833544

Click here for the 2017 programme

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Patchwork and Quilting Group

Activity Members work on their own patchwork and quilting projects.
Details  This is an informal and friendly group of enthusiastic people who work on their own particular patchwork projects. Members of the group will happily share their expertise and offer help and advice to anyone who wants to learn the skills and techniques involved.
Members pay £2 a week subscription.
Contact  Pat Baker Phone  01934 835323 Email  thepatbaker@btinternet.com

Short Mat Bowling Club

Activity Playing short mat bowls.
Details 7:30pm Mondays, October-March, at Congresbury Bowling Club. All welcome. Visit the club website
Contact Phone Email  conbcsec@gmail.com

Mendip Spring Golf & Country Club

Activity There is a Championship 18 hole Course, a 9 hole Lakeside Course and a 14 Bay Driving Range available to the public seven days a week.
Details In addition to our golf activities our Clubhouse is able to offer Bar/ Restaurant facilities and function rooms which again are available to use and hire by the public as are our barns which have been converted into
accommodation.
Sunday Lunch is also available between Noon & 3pm booking is advisable tel: 01934 853080
Please visit our Web Site.
Contact The Secretary Phone 01934 852322 Email  info@mendipspringgolf.com

Guides, Brownies and Rainbows

Activity Camping, craft and other outdoor activities
Details 2nd Congresbury Guides ages 10 to 14
1st Congresbury Brownies ages 7 to 10
1st Congresbury Rainbows ages 5 to 7
Contact Jackie Fox Phone 01934 876856 Email jackie@csak.co.uk

Congresbury Acro Gymnastics Club

Activity Acro gymnastics for boys and girls between 4.5 and 16 yearsTaster session for £1. Sessions are held at St Andrew’s Junior School Hall on Fridays from 4 to 5pm for general gym and 4-7pm Fridays plus 4-6pm Mondays for competition group. Coaches are BGA registered, qualified in Acro gymnastics and CRB checked.
Details
Contact Sheila Mounsdon Phone 01934 876518 Email sheesh07@hotmail.co.uk

Ladies Badminton Group

Activity Playing badminton. Ladies only – no coaching.
Details Meets at Congresbury War Memorial Hall – Thursday mornings 9:45am to 11:45am
Contact Mrs Christine England Phone 01934 833808

Royal British Legion

Activity Monthly Committee meetings open to all members. First Monday of each month.
Details  Fund raising, benevolence, etc. Poppy Appeal mid October to mid November. Occasional quiz or coffee morning.
Registered welfare caseworkers Mr and Mrs C Dyer.
Any one interested in joining the RBL should contact Mr Dyer.
For information regarding the Poppy Appeal please contact Mr Irving Prowse on 01934 832004.
Contact  Mr C E Dyer Phone  01275 872635

Yatton & Congresbury Wildlife Action Group

Activity Nature conservation events, practical work and education for all ages.
Details Please visit our web site for latest programme and Newsletter.
Contact Win Lowman Phone 01934 833596 Email contact@yacwag.org.uk

1st Congresbury Scout Group

Activity The Scout Association provides adventurous activities and personal development.
Details The Scouts meet at the Scout Hut at Mill Leg on Monday at 7:00pm finishing at 9:00pm in the Summer and at 8:30pm in the winter months.
Contact Geoff Bailey Phone 01934 833662 Email geoffreymbailey@btinternet.com

National Womens’s Register

Activity Offering all women the opportunity to take part in informal discussions, to promote confidence, friendship and a better understanding of others’ points of view.
Details  Feel free to air your opinions and widen your horizons. Find friendship and fun: join in our interesting discussions. NWR also offers an annual National Conference, day conferences, workshops, area meetings, local quizzes as well as Postal Book Groups, Correspondence Magazines, and a Penfriend Group. We are a registered charity and neither lobby nor raise money for any causes.
Contact  Liz English Phone 01934 834333

Puddle Ducks

Activity Puddle Ducks offer unique baby swimming, toddler swimming and child swimming classes. Children can join the structured swimming classes at any age from birth.
Details Puddle Ducks is a fun and friendly swimming programme offering unique baby swimming, toddler swimming and child swimming classes across the UK. Classes are packed full of fun with lots of music and rhyme.
Babies and children can join our small, structured swimming classes at any age from birth; developing from water babies to confident swimmers without even realising they are learning to swim. By engaging each child’s abilities and natural affinity with water, Puddle Ducks offer simple steps to a lifetime love of swimming. Children learn lifesaving, swimming and underwater skills and are often able to swim 10 metres or more before they start school.
Puddle Ducks is a national children’s franchise network. It was hatched in 2001 and teaches thousands of babies to swim, be safe and have fun every week. All teachers are fully qualified and CRB checked. Intensive Puddle Ducks training ensures incredibly high teaching standards and all our teachers are absolutely passionate and dedicated to baby swimming and toddler swimming.
Puddle Ducks Bristol and Bath was established in 2008 by Sarah Peacock. It has not taken long for the Puddle Ducks word to spread locally and classes are now being offered in
Congresbury at the club at Cadbury House. Other local classes take place in Redhill (near Bristol Airport) at the Plush Hotel and also on Sunday afternoons at The Campus in Weston super Mare.
Contact  Sarah Peacock Phone 0117 971 7165 Email bristolandbath@puddleducks.com

Congresbury Art Group

Activity Watercolour painting group. Also experimenting with acrylics, pastels and other mediums.
Details A friendly group of local people who meet every Wednesday, during term-time, at The Old School Rooms, Congresbury from 10 o’clock until 1 pm. A mixed ability group ranging from beginners to more experienced painters who all learn from each other and also from tutors as and when funds allow.
Contact Jenny Byett Phone 01934 835435/td> Email jenbyett@yahoo.co.uk

Yatton Rugby Club

Activity Rugby for all ages.
Details Yatton is a traditional village rugby club. We currently run 3 senior men’s sides and have a full mini and junior section starting from the age of 5. In addition we also run very successful girls teams at under 15’s and under 18’s. Pop along and take a look.
Click here for Web Site.
Contact Ian Rudge Phone 07872 373320 Email chairman@yattonrugby.co.uk