Skip to main content

Youth group relaunches 100 Club

Congresbury Youth Partnership have relaunched their 100 Club and welcome new and returning members. £12 buys entry to 12 draws during the year. 50% of all monies is given out in prizes. The remaining 50% supports the work we do with young people.  To join please e-mail 100club@congsyp.org.uk for details, or pop into the youth club after school any Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday from 3.15 to 5pm.  Hurry and join!  First draw at the end of October.

Cricket book captures 175 years of village life

A new book celebrating 175 years of village cricket opens up a window on life in Somerset through the Victorian and Edwardian eras to the present day.

The book, published 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.

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. 

Clive, a club vice president, explained: “Among the many nuggets we’ve found is a photograph and an account of a 1907 men v women cricket match in the village with men batting left-handed with broomsticks!

“We also found recipes for all sorts of cakes and pies written by village ladies with known links to cricketers of the time which sparked the idea for a cricket tea bake-off at the Congresbury Fete on June 29.”

The oldest document uncovered is the scorebook from 1919. The first match after World War One was against Weston-super-Mare – the two clubs met again in April this year in a pre-season friendly almost 100 years later. 

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.

175 Years of Village Cricket will be launched at The Old School Rooms in Congresbury on Friday June 21 with a presentation by Clive Burlton starting at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7pm.

The book was designed and produced by Bristol Books and can also be obtained online at www.bristolbooks.org

Bowler Ant is national champion

Congresbury bowler Anthony Page is an England champion after winning an indoor tournament in Nottingham last weekend.

Ant won the Disability Bowls England National Singles for Non-classified members at Nottingham at his first attempt.

He won three tough rounds before winning overall in the fourth round 19-13.

“The last round was nip and tuck at first, then I managed to get ahead in the last few ends,” said Ant, aged 45, who lives in Worle.

Champion: Congresbury’s Ant Page

He was brought up in Wolverhampton and first started bowling at age 11 on crown greens.

“My father got me into it. My four uncles played too,” said Ant.

“It was my life. It was everything I did, six nights a week from April to September.

“I got to county standard and played for Staffordshire at junior level.”

He started bowling again in 2017 when he joined Congresbury, and in 2018 won three of the club’s singles titles and reached the final of the men’s championship.

Ant, who works in a supermarket bakery, was born with a condition called scoliosis – curvature of the spine – which is painful at times.

Congresbury Bowling Club’s 2019 season starts on April 13.

New members are welcome. Turn up every Monday at 6pm for coaching. Equipment provided.

Flow – Depression and Anxiety Peer Support Group

Activity Depression and Anxiety Peer Support Group
Details We meet every Wednesday 10-11am in the room behind the
Methodist Church Hall. Come and join us for tea and a chat.
There’s no need to book, just turn up.
Contact Sarah Heiermann
Web facebook.com/flow.north.somerset
Email flow.nsomerset@gmail.com

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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

120117

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

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