The deadline date for the pledge request has been extended to the end of September to give more time for the community to significantly increase the amount raised currently standing at £111,275.
We have had made some changes; the minimum amount for the shares pledge will be £100, and pledges can be made online via our website – http://www.congresburyvillagehall.co.uk/pledge-request-form/
We are in discussions with a potential investor willing to make a substantial pledge to help the project achieve its targets, subject to some conditions. If we can finalise this pledge it will be a significant boost to the project and help with our discussions with potential funders. But the community must reach the minimum £250,000 target.
Some 127 pledges have been received so there are well over 2,000 other people in the village who could pledge.
We are working through the feedback we have received and will issue further updates over the next couple of weeks.
WORKING TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE THIS HAPPEN
Four bowlers from Congresbury Bowling Club head to the England finals at Leamington Spa next month after winning the Somerset area final of the national mixed fours competition.
The team, Ann King, Clive Shipway and Kate and Brian Herbison reached the national finals after a nailbiting win against a team from Weston-super-Mare when they squandered an eight-shot lead and only clinched victory in the dying moments of the match.
Congresbury has also had notable success in the national Tony Allcock Trophy (otherwise known as the Over 60s National Mixed Two Rink Competition). Congresbury won the Somerset Area Final and now face St Austell of Cornwall for place in the National Finals at Leamington. The two Congresbury rinks are (left to right) Ann King, Brian Herbison, Dawn Harrison, Steve Eastment, Kate Herbsion, Reg Birmingham and Jenny and Dave Byett.
Come and informally meet your local agencies including Police, Trading Standards, Age UK & Village Agent outside the Cottage Loaf. There is advice on reducing the risk of being scammed and what services are available from your local village agent for the over 50’s.
On Wednesday 29th August 2018, 9:30 – 11:00 at The Precinct, Brinsea Rd, Congresbury
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.
This new Congresbury publication will soon be available. Launch date will be announced soon!
The latest Neighbourhood Watch newsletter for Somerset has now been issued. To read it please click here
Avon & Somerset Constabulary have reported that during the early hours of 6 June a window at a commercial property in Kent Road, Congresbury was broken and access gained inside. Alcohol and packs of chewing gum were stolen.
During the late evening of 4 June damage was caused to garden ornaments in the garden of a property in The Lyes, Congresbury.
Congresbury Residents Action Group (CRAG) has learned that a number of significant changes to Wrington Lane proposed by land agents Gladman are to be rejected by North Somerset Council’s highways department.
We thank a reader of our website who has suggested we share an important guide which came out last week. They found it was very thorough and liked the summery in each section with actionable items for the parent/teacher.
Cllr Tom Leimdorfer (Congresbury & Puxton Ward) will not be holding regular surgeries at the library on the last Friday of the month. He volunteers in the library twice a month, and is easy to contact by phone 01934 830435 or email; email@example.com
Plans for a new village hall and community centre in Congresbury will enter a critical phase in the next few months.
So far more than £71,000 has been raised towards the project with £8,200 raised last year. In the next couple of months, the project volunteers will issue an invitation to pledge money towards the build cost.
“We have set a target of the community investing £400,000 in the building; the absolute minimum that must be raised will be £250,000,” said Ian Sheppard on behalf of the project team.
The New Village Hall / Community Centre project have changed their Facebook presence from a group to a page so that there is no longer a need to become a member. The page can been found using this link https://www.facebook.com/congresburyvillagehall/ or by searching for ‘Congresbury village hall page’ on Facebook.
Micheal Greaves sets out to answer a question many have been asking.
Those who walk over the Millennium Bridge to either stroll around the Green or make their way to school or the shops will notice something missing. All the fish in the River Yeo have disappeared.
A chance discussion with a fisherman on Christmas Eve, provided the answer. The River Yeo has been over fished on a massive scale. Nothing to do with Brexit or the EU quotas but cormorants. These large black birds with a formidable beak and the ability to swim under water have cleaned out the river.
Prof Sir Steve Sparks
Professor Steve Sparks CBE has been knighted in the New Year’s Honours for his services to volcano research and geology. Steve, 68, lives in Brinsea Road with his wife Ann and is Chaning Wills Professor of Geology in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol.
The knighthood is the latest recognition of the influence of Sir Steve’s work. In 2015 he was awarded the Vetlesen Prize in the USA. The prize is awarded for scientific achievement resulting in a clearer understanding of the Earth, its history, or its relations to the universe and is regarded as the Nobel Prize of earth sciences. At the time, Sir Steve was praised for his “highly original and insightful contributions” to the understanding of volcanic eruptions. “His research has had a huge impact globally,” said Prof. Alex Halliday, vice president of the Royal Society.
Sir Steve was elected to the Royal Society in 1988 when he was just 38.
On 14th and 15th December, Julia Thyer held wreath making parties at her house which raised £425 for The New Village Hall Project. Liz English arranged the catering, and several people brought soups and puddings as well as greenery from their gardens. After mulled wine and lunch, Julia gave a talk and demonstration, then the guests made their own beautiful wreaths. Julia Koblizek decorated hers with real citrus tree leaves and dried oranges while Emma used honesty seed heads, Mary Faunt created a swirl effect with her stunning design. You may see some of them as you walk around the village.
Liz and Julia thanked everyone for their generous contributions which made each day so enjoyable.
Liz also organised the fun recital The Greatest Story Ever Told given by Tim Lewis which raised a whopping £602, enabling Liz to give a total of £1,027 to the new hall.
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.
Older villagers will have many memories of Dora Ross, as she lived in Congresbury for the majority of her long life, and died only a week before her 90th birthday.