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Congresbury resident & retired Backwell School teacher, Cathy Alexander, has just returned from competing in the badminton European Senior Championships in Guadalajara, Madrid. Cathy who plays for St Katherine’s Club in Pill, and her partner Penny Shears (Beaufort Badminton Club, Bristol) were representing England for the first time. The pair had to play at least four qualifying tournaments around the country – one of which had to be The Nationals or All England. The top 6 pairs were then selected to play in the Championships. Cathy & Penny got through to the quarter finals beating pairs from France, Germany, Finland and Sweden. They fought hard in the quarter final, 21-18 & 21-19, – only just losing to the No. 3 seeds from Denmark.
This weekend sees the arrival at Bristol airport of Mayors from all over the world. Click here to read why!
Nominations for your policing heroes within Bath, Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and Somerset are being called for by the area’s Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens and Chief Constable Andy Marsh.
The annual Be Proud Awards recognise and reward those hard working police men and women who go above and beyond every day to make the communities of Avon and Somerset a safer place. Every person who works or volunteers within the Constabulary play a role in helping to ensure to be safe and feel safe, and this event aims to highlight the exemplary work of those individuals. The nomination form is available on the exclusive Be Proud Awards website.
Police report that overnight on October 12-13 a workshop at a property in Urchinwood Lane, Congresbury, was broken into. Items stolen include a chain saw, welder and grinder.
Avon & Somerset police also point out that shed break-ins and theft of pedal cycles has increased in the area recently and there has been a spate of crime in Blagdon.
A charity golf day will be held at Mendip Spring Golf Club in Honeyhall Lane on Friday 19 October. Several companies are sponsoring a charity golf tournament in aid of National Eye Research Centre based in Bristol Eye Hospital who research into the causes of and treatments for eye disease, sight loss and blindness.
The winning team will get to play at Celtic Manor golf course, where the Ryder Cup was held in 2010. Other prizes will be up for grabs.
For more information or to join in, visit https://www.nerc-charity.org.uk/Event/golfday or call Ian on 07969 456307.
The North Somerset Community Partnership Grant Programme is now open for applications from local voluntary and community groups and organisations in North Somerset. The maximum grant awarded is £5000 and applications have to be received by 11am on 2nd November 2018.
To be eligible for a grant from the North Somerset Community Partnership Grant Programme your work/activity must benefit the health or wellbeing of people in North Somerset who are disadvantaged. The beneficiaries may be disadvantaged due to poverty, disability, age, location or culture.
For full details click this link: www.quartetcf.org.uk/grant-programmes/north-somerset-community-partnership-fund-grant
Various action groups have formed to respond to North Somerset’s Strategic plan for a new town of 2,500 new houses at Mendip Spring. For more information click here.
Michael Greaves shares his reflections on the last 5 years of the Strawberry line…..
In 2013 I wrote a monthly account of my walks along the ‘Strawberry Line’ from The Old Station to Thatcher’s Cider Factory. Thanks to my Daughter lending me one of bikes, I have taken to the saddle and enjoyed a few leisurely rides along the ‘Old Railway Line’ and thought some might be interested in what’s happened in the last 5 years.
Looking back at my account of September 2013, we were remembering the last train that travelled from Wells to Yatton on 7th September 1963 – 50 years ago. I haven’t seen any accounts of the 55 years that have now elapsed, but a lot has happened in the last 5 years. Firstly, the Strawberry Line is as beautiful as ever. We are so fortunate to have this open space on our door step. I haven’t been as far as Thatcher’s Orchards for a few years and not since we lost our beloved Black Labrador ‘Minton’. He was the main reason I walked along the Strawberry Line every morning and evening. But, its pure magic and the views are spectacular with wildlife in abundance. Read more
Congresbury Ladies won Somerset’s Fear Cup competition after a tense and tightly fought game at Ashcombe Park in Weston-super-Mare at the weekend.
Up against firm favourites and 2017 Fear Cup winners Portishead RBL, Congresbury, well supported by club members, fought back from 10 shots down at the halfway stage to clinch victory by five shots as the match reached its thrilling conclusion.
The ladies began their Fear Cup campaign with wins against Ashcombe Park, Mark Moor, Victoria, St Andrew’s (both Weston-super-Mare clubs) and then met Street for the semi-final played on a neutral green at Yeovil Bowling Club.
If you would like to join Congresbury Bowling Club please visit their website or email email@example.com
Angry villagers from Cobthorn Way, Wrington Lane and Verlands besieged Congresbury Parish Council meeting on Monday to raise their strong objections to the tactics adopted by Strongvox, who have taken over the development at the bottom of Cobthorn Way from Sunley Homes, the original developer.
Strongvox have applied to the planning authority to replace the original mix of 38 properties with 21 four-bedroomed houses, instead of a mix of 1, 2 and 3 bedroomed units, and the original four bungalows reduced to one. The 11 affordable units cannot be changed.
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.
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!
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; firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.