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New warning on computer hacking

Police report an increase in the number of telephone scams where the caller tells you that there is a ‘Microsoft virus on your computer’ .

The caller claims that if the virus is not removed damage will be caused to the computer. The caller will ask the computer owner to access a website provided by the caller and download software to deal with the virus. Doing this will expose the computer to potential risks like unwanted Malware, computer viruses or allowing remote access to the computer by the caller even after the call has ended.

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Police appeal for M5 crash witnesses

Police are asking for help to trace a driver who failed to stop after being involved in a collision on the M5 near Clevedon on Thursday evening.

The four vehicle collision happened shortly before 6pm between J19-20, shortly before the Clevedon junction.

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Airport opens new food outlets

Three new food outlets will open at Bristol Airport in December with a fourth scheduled to open next spring.

The new outlets are the result of a seven month development project and a tender process for the food and drink outlets.

Warrens Bakery, EAT and Barburrito are due to open in December 2018 with Frankie & Benny’s opening in spring 2019.

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Garage break-in fails

Police report that overnight on November 15-16 an attempt was made to break into a garage at a property in Wrington Road, Congresbury. Damage was caused but no access gained.

A vehicle parked in Southlands Way was broken into overnight on November  14-15  and items left inside were stolen.

Police remind the public that general crime prevention advice is available from this  link

Congresbury footpaths news

More styles removed.

On 6 November the Woodspring Ramblers maintenance group set to work improving the path between Venus St and Stock Lane. The original plan was to replace all 10 styles with gates however following discussions with the landowners it was agreed only 5 gates need be installed thereby dramatically improving access along the route.  Many villagers will be familiar with the path but for those who are not it starts from Venus St, just past Yew Tree Farm, at a new Bristol Gate and heads south east across fields and through the solar farm to Stock Lane.         To read more & view the map click here

£10,000 boost for new village hall plans

Plans for the new village hall/community centre at the King George V Playing Fields have been boosted by a £10,000 grant.    The funding comes from Power to Change, an independent charitable trust endowed with £150 million from the Big Lottery Fund to support and develop community business for charitable purposes.   The money will allow the project team to develop the community share offer and the business plan for the proposed new building.

The fund-raising team is also negotiating to secure an equity investment from the Community Shares Booster Programme. Under this programme, up to £100,000 is available to match applications for shares from the public.  If successful, it would mean that for every pound invested by individuals up to £100,000, another pound will be invested in matched shares.

To read full update including pledges and new community cafe opening  click here

Congresbury Singers Christmas concert

Congresbury Singers Carol Concert

Tuesday 18th December 2018, 7:30pm

Congresbury Singers will be performing their popular annual Christmas concert at 7.30pm on Tuesday 18th December. As usual this will be a fusion of seasonal, traditional, serious and light-hearted readings, music and carols.

The evening will include both secular and religious themes and will celebrate the centenary of the nine lessons and carols.  Audience participation will be required.  Judging by previous concerts, it is guaranteed to be an entertaining and inspiring start to the festive season.   So early booking is advised. They look forward to seeing you in St Andrew’s Church, Congresbury on Tuesday 18th December at 7.30pm and afterwards for seasonal nibbles, a glass of wine and plenty of chat.

Tickets cost £8.00 (children free) and can be obtained in advance from Congresbury Post Office, or on the door.

‘OH’ TO BE IN CONGRESBURY IN THE AUTUMN

Last week, a friend of mine was in raptures extolling the wonderful autumn colours he had seen in America. He could have saved himself a fortune by visiting the ‘Millennium Green’. Perhaps it’s the result of the long hot summer or the wonderful weather over the last week, but the colours of the trees on the Milli Green are stunning.

Every 4 weeks, I open and close the Public Toilets on a Saturday and Sunday. This gives me a good excuse to walk around the Millennium Green. Last weekend both days were fantastic. The sun was shining and the trees are turning colour before dropping their leaves. The mix of  reds and gold against the green are pure magic.

Apart from the trees there are always interesting things to see. I was amazed to see a Heron perched on a tree over looking the River. They seem to spend their lives standing on the edge of the water waiting for a fish to eat. Sat on the top of a tree is a long way from the water, but perhaps he was just enjoying the sun and the wonderful views.

As the River Yeo was crystal clear it was possible to see shoals of small fish amongst the reeds. After the Cormorants appear to have eaten all the large fish, the appearance of abundant numbers of new fish bods well for the future.

If you are planning a trip to ‘Westonbirt’ to see the ‘Autumn Colours’ save the journey and visit the Millennium Green.  Its free and so are the Public Toilets. Well worth a visit at half term or any day.

Michael Greaves

Congresbury badminton player in European Seniors Championships

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.

Nominate your police hero for an award

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.

The Strawberry Line – 5 years on

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

Residents protest over change to housing plans

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.

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New Village Hall – pledge update

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

Future plans for Churchill & Langford queried


A series of questions on the viability, legality and wisdom of aspects of future plans for Churchill and Langford, has been delivered to North Somerset Council by a local action group.
Churchill and Langford Residents Action Group – CALRAG – posed the questions to the council’s Strategic Planning and Economic Development Scrutiny Panel, the influential committee that steers councillors in shaping the future of the area.   Read more

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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Neighbourhood Watch Invitation

The Avon and Somerset Neighbourhood Watch Association (ASNWA) would like to invite you to attend a Neighbourhood Watch Network (NWN) event on Wednesday 20th June 2018 at Police Headquarters, Portishead. The event will run from 9.30am (Registration) then 10am to 4:30pm.
The NWN are holding regional events to showcase new, practical Crime & Vulnerability Toolkits and NW Development Seminars.
In consultation with their principle funder the Home Office they have secured funding to develop a set of 5 practical Toolkits on various crime and vulnerability issues.  For full information click here.

New hall fundraising tops £71,000

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.

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