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Paper Bead Making Course – a great success!

Ann Kelly came along to the Congresbury Community Library on Thursday 5th October to demonstrate how to make paper beads. The beads come in different shapes and sizes and can be made from any type of paper from magazines to wall paper.  The group of ladies used wrapping paper, music scores, maps and a range of other materials to make their beads which can then be glazed and made into necklaces, bracelets or earrings. The session just flew by!   Read more

Warning. Fraudsters posing as Police are targeting elderly and vulnerable

We are warning people in Avon and Somerset to be on their guard against a growing fraud.

A number of incidents have been reported to us where people have been duped out of cash and coerced into purchasing valuable items by fraudsters posing as police officers.

We advise relatives of the elderly and those who have elderly neighbours to make them aware of these scams and also report any instances where people may have been victims of the fraudsters.

A police officer, or any other official, will never ask for money or bank details over the phone or on the door-step or ask you to arrange to take them to a pre-arranged location. If you are unsure if the person is who they say they are, ask for identification such as their collar number and call 101 to check the name and the authenticity of the caller.

Always make sure you use a different phone or even get a relative or neighbour to call to ensure the fraudster has not blocked the phone line. It is always unwise to use any number they give you to call back.

 

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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.

Firefighters save fish & chips shop

Firefighters from Yatton & Weston battled a blaze in Oldfield Fish & Chip Shop in the Precinct at lunchtime on Tuesday 5th September. They managed to get the fire under control without anyone being injured.

Crews were called to the fish and chip shop in the precinct to reports of a blaze on the ground floor of a two storey building.  Once inside eight firefighters using breathing apparatus, a high pressure hose reel, a Co2 extinguisher and a dry powder extinguisher, battled to extinguish the fire.

The blaze caused damage to the ground floor takeaway, as well as smoke damage to the flat above. No one was injured in the blaze, which took two hours to bring under control, which is thought to have started accidentally.

It is not known when it will re-open.

Wrington Hill footpath change

The public footpath running from Wrington Road to Cleeve Hill Road (named St. Congar’s Way) will be changed from a footpath to a bridleway allowing access to horses & cycles.

Objections can be made up to 2nd October.      Click for full details.

Victories for Congresbury bowlers

Congresbury men celebrated winning the C&D Evening League for the first time in the modern era as well as gaining promotion from Somerset North1 to Premier 2 for 2018. To cap a remarkable season, the B team also clinched promotion from North 2 after a nail-biting victory over closest rivals Bristol B in the final game of the season.

The men were also finalists in the North Somerset KO Cup, losing to Victoria and reached the semi-final of the 4D competition, losing by just one point to eventual winners Clevedon Prom.

Congresbury Chronicle

Please look out for the latest issue of the Congresbury Chronicle that will have been delivered to your house recently. If you need a spare copy you can find them in the Library, in the Parish Office or in the Fish and Chip shop in the precinct.

 

Village hall project revised

The revised building with a lower roofline seen looking south with the cricket field to the right

Revised plans for a smaller new village hall and community centre for Congresbury are being drawn up to help offset rising costs.

The Congresbury New Village Hall Development Trust has been working with architects Stride Treglown on reducing the footprint of the proposed building, first mooted in late 2013.

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Congresbury bowlers shine at Clevedon Tournament

Four of the seven finals at Clevedon’s annual bowls tournament were contested by Congresbury bowlers.
Clive Shipway and Roger Becker won the men’s pairs and Chris Wilcock, Jenny Byett and Angela Jones won the ladies’ triples. Dave Byett was runner-up in the men’s singles and Pat and Barry Baker were runners-up in the mixed pairs.

Families bowled over at fun day in Congresbury

The annual Sportsmen’s Day, organised by the village bowling club, attracted more than 100 novice bowlers in a day-long tournament.
Winners were the Cleeve Cricketers – Terry Barter, David Lock, Mike Wilkinson and Jeff Rawles.
Second was the Bash Street Gang – Ian and Joe Crane, Chris Luke and Johnny Matthews.
Third was Yatton Gasheads – Ivor Watts, Stephen Lovell, Phil Arnold and Porsche (correct) Eade.
Fourth was the Cottage Loaf – Keith Westlake, Richard Aldridge and Pete and Glynis Woodhouse.
Bowls club president Don Manning presented the prizes.
The event was sponsored by Robin King Estate agents and Butcombe Brewery.
Competitor Ian Dickinson, of Well Park, said: “Congresbury is a special place and this event is an important part of making me feel connected with the village.”

Congresbury Bowling Club president Don Manning presents Cleeve Cricketers with their trophy and prize money after winning this year’s annual Sportsmen’s Day tournament.

 

Help prevent rural crime

This month livestock thieves have been foiled and vehicles recovered in Somerset– thanks to members of the public. Make a note of the number to text 07492888109, or call 999 if it requires immediate action.

Help Ben raise money for Make-a-Wish Foundation

Ben Payne is only 8 years old but is raising awareness and fundraising for the amazing Make-a-Wish Foundation. This summer, he and his Les Paul guitar are going to be playing some tunes on Facebook. He has already recorded and broadcast two songs and so far raised over £100.  He plans to “facebook busk” a number of times before heading back to school at St Andrews.

He has been asked to perform at The Strawberry Line Cafe’s “Platform One Fest” on Friday 11th August and to perform at “Busk in the Sun” in WsM over August Bank Holiday weekend.

We wish him the best of luck. For more information visit his Facebook page by clicking here.

“Bluey” Free trips

 Congresbury Community Transport Directors are happy to offer the following “free trips” to all Congresbury residents:
Wednesday 13th September 2017 to Clark’s Village, Street – 9.30am – 2.30pm
Wednesday 11th October 2017 to Gloucester Docks – 9.00am – 3.00pm
For info and to book a place please ring Pam Biffin on 01934 876082 or email:
pambiffin@gmail.com

We also offer free shopping trips on “Bluey” every Tuesday
Free pick-up service from the Congresbury area (your own front door)! From 12 noon to The Sovereign Centre, Weston-super-Mare (could also be dropped off at Tesco’s)
Depart 3pm to return to Congresbury. Open to all residents
Interested in this trip? Please ring Paul Spears on 01934 257247

MILLENIUM GREEN MANAGEMENT – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

The Parish Council has been the Sole Trustee of the Millennium Green since May 2012 and is assisted in the day to day running by a Management Group. The 3 officers of that group namely Chair, Secretary and Treasurer have stood down at the AGM held last Monday and no nominations were received from the floor of the meeting. In order to help the Trustee make an informed decision on the future management of the Green if there are any volunteers to take on one of these roles could you please inform the Parish Clerk by Fri 4th August.

For further information please contact Di Hassan on 01934 876454 or Liz Greaves on 01934 838802.

Neighbourhood Watch News

Members of the Neighbourhood Watch scheme are invited to contact the Avon and Somerset Neighbourhood Watch Association and start the discussion around the fantastic opportunities they could bring to further develop the partnership between local policing teams and NHW.

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Flower Show Winner!

Jonquil Brooks receiving the Darke cup from President, Ann Gunner, for the most points in the flower arranging classes at the 2017 Summer Flower Show last Saturday. Her charming miniature arrangement in a seashell and her exhibit in a kitchen utensil.     Her superb quilt, in a blue star design, was judged the best handicraft entry.

Illustrated Wildlife Talk

On Wednesday 19th July, in Congresbury Refectory, well known naturalist and wildlife photographer, Higgy, will talk about wildlife on Congresbury Moors and how to attract wildlife into your own garden.

For full details click here

 

The Village Fete – a good time had by all!!

A PERFECT DAY!

It had everything for a perfect village fete – sublime weather (sunny, but not too hot), lots of people (old and young), plenty of dogs (but no dog fights), interesting variety of stalls and a good range of food and drink.    Villagers swarmed into St. Andrew’s church paddock to trawl the stalls, watch the dog show, partake of cider or Pimms, eat at the barbecue, and enjoy scrumptious home-made cream teas and cakes.    The marquee housing the Horticultural Society’s summer show was a riot of colour and perfume, with many outstanding exhibits and excellent children’s entries.

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CRAG’s response to Planning Inspector’s call for more housing sites

CRAG has responded angrily to a planning inspector’s call for North Somerset to provide sites for 2,500 houses over the next few years.
The inspector had been looking at the council’s Site Allocation’s Plan, which sets our housing needs to reach North Somerset’s housing target.  But because the inspector did not accept that North Somerset could deliver the required number, she has asked the council to identify the housing sites for “up to 2,500 dwellings”.
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John Mills, CRAG
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