Thanks to all those who came to our open mornings, we hope you enjoyed yourselves and we look forward to seeing you again. If you missed our open mornings you are still very welcome to come to our club nights held every Monday with free coaching from 6pm – 7pm. Please wear flat soled shoes. All ages welcome!
Families in Congresbury will celebrate 175 years of cricket this summer.
A 10-day Festival of Cricket in high summer will include a match against an MCC XI, a BBC West XI, junior cricket including All Stars, and a celebration dinner.
The annual village fete on June 29 will also be cricket themed and will feature a cricket tea bake-off using a cake recipe from the 1920s unearthed during research into cricket in north Somerset during the Victorian and Edwardian era.
Local historian and author Clive Burlton, 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!h
“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 the cricket tea bake-off.”
Clive, who is compiling a book to mark 175 years of village cricket, noted that while Congresbury Cricket Club cannot claim it is 175 years old – there have been too many rebirths to claim that heritage – there is no doubt that cricket has been played almost continuously in the area since the 1840s. There’s even one account of Langford playing in 1825!
“The men v women photo and a pencil-written account was found in Ernest Standen’s notebook on Theology. A religious man, Ernie played in the match and it was his wife Mabel who later commandeered his notebook to write down village recipes,” said Clive.
The oldest document so far uncovered is the scorebook from 1919. The first match after World War One was against Weston-super-Mare and almost 100 years later the two clubs met in a pre-season friendly in April with Congresbury emerging as winners.
Cricket club chairman Geoff Wilcock said that the enthusiasm for the 175thcelebrations clearly demonstrated that cricket was alive and well despite reports of a general decline in the sport’s popularity.
“We used to field three teams on a Saturday now it’s only two but we do have a healthy junior section and the All Stars programme is proving very popular with the five to eight year olds,” said Mr Wilcock.
“This year we are also launching soft ball cricket for women and girls which we hope will prove equally popular.”
Congresbury plays senior cricket in the West of England Premier League and the Bristol and District League and junior cricket in the North Somerset League.
Congresbury Singers are presenting two concerts in April this year.
The first will be on Saturday 6 April 2019 at 7:30pm in St Andrew’s Church, Congresbury. Directed by Gordon Pullin this will be Johann Sebastian Bach’s setting of St Luke’s Passion. There is some academic debate about the authorship of this work but, whoever its composer, this is a charming work, essentially a sequence of recitatives, choruses and chorales, in a somewhat gentle but powerful telling of the Passion story. For this performance we will be joined by Katie Chappell on violin and Bruce Saunders and Simon Perkins, baritones. Tickets will cost £8.00 including refreshments and can be obtained in advance from Congresbury Post Office, or pay on the door.
The second concert will be our annual touring performance of Stainer’s Crucifixion on Tuesday 16 April 2019 at 8:00pm in St Peter’s Church, Draycott. Barry Rose will play the organ and Bruce Saunders, baritone, will again be joining us for this performance. The performance will be free, with a retiring collection in support of the St Peter’s church organ fund.
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.
Watercolour painting group. Also experimenting with acrylics, pastels and other mediums.
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.
Details An established, friendly brass band who play at village fetes, bandstands, carol services etc, raising money for charitable causes where they can. We welcome players of all standards, and have even tempted several returning players to pick up their instrument for the first time in over 10 years! We play a variety of music old and new, classical and light and seek to support any personal favourites. Practices are on a Friday evening 7.30 – 9.30 in the Methodist Church Hall, Congresbury, where we support and encourage each other to play to our best in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere that rounds off the week. There are some instruments available on a free-loan basis.
We are a well-established Pre-school in the village of Congresbury, founded over 25 years ago in the old school rooms. We have grown considerably over the years and are lucky to have our own portakabin building with a lovely spacious garden within the grounds of St Andrew’s Primary School. We now offer places to all children from 2 to 4 year olds. All staff have recognised childcare qualifications and years of experience in supporting children to reach their full potential as set out in the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation stage. This states that as practitioners we must consider the individual needs, interests and stages of development of all children in our care. We provide opportunities and activities that enable the children to develop their skills in all areas of learning in line with their individual needs.
Congresbury Footpaths Group was founded in March 1993 with the aim of ensuring that the footpaths within the village boundary were walked regularly. This is still done today, although walks are not confined to the village and the Group will often travel to neighbouring counties, especially for the Sunday walks.
There are two walks per month – on the first Tuesday and the third Sunday. Tuesday walks are in the morning and are about 2 to 4 miles in the vicinity of the village or locations nearby. Sunday walks are planned for the day and can be from 5 to 9 miles and are further afield. Bluey, the village mini-bus is used on Sundays to transport members. Meetings are held twice a year to plan the walks programme. There is a summer outing in July to the seaside, where there is a choice of activities, from an energetic ramble to a lazy day on the beach. In the Autumn members enjoy a weekend away, for many years in Devon, but now we’ve ventured as far as Cornwall. A traditional Boxing Day walk attracts a good number of villagers and guests. Membership costs £2.50 per year and there is a small cost levied for each walk, plus a charge for Bluey, The group is covered by insurance. The winter and summer programmes and posters for each walk are posted on the 3 village noticeboards, on the village website and in the library. Details of each walk are also printed in the local newspapers, magazines and the village diary. New walkers are always welcome, and their dogs, where allowable.